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Japan immigration

Five things to know about Japan's foreign worker bill

Foreign workers will be able to stay longer but hurdle remains for permanent residency

Indonesian careworkers in a Japanese nursing home (Photo by Sho Asayama)

TOKYO -- The lower house of the Japanese parliament on Tuesday passed a bill that, if passed, will allow the country to formally accept foreign blue-collar workers and give them a pathway to permanent residency, an initiative some see as a step toward becoming a nation that welcomes immigrants.

In recent years, Japan has already seen a sharp increase in the number of foreign workers, ranging from professionals to unskilled ethnic Japanese mostly from Brazil. Here are five key points of the new legislation.

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