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Japan immigration

54% of Japanese in favor of accepting more foreign workers

Majority also backs granting permanent residency, survey shows

Foreign workers learn the art of sharpening Japanese cooking knives at a restaurant in Osaka. (Photo by Hiromasa Matsuura)

TOKYO -- The majority of the Japanese public backs Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to admit more foreign workers to address the nation's labor shortage, with support particularly strong among young people, the latest Nikkei survey shows.

The plan to create new visa categories to bring in more foreign workers garnered 54% support in the poll, conducted with TV Tokyo from Friday through Sunday. Granting permanent residency status to those who meet the conditions was similarly popular, with 54% backing it and 34% opposing.

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