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How Japan came around on foreign workers

Many conservatives who opposed migrant labor now need it

Some foreign workers, like these at a farm in Showa, Gunma Prefecture, have already made their way to Japan through trainee programs.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Come April some Japanese employers will be able to hire unskilled foreign workers, thanks to a recent policy shift by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government.

Japan is creating a new class of work permits valid for up to five years in the construction, nursing care and three other sectors.

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