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Japan immigration

Five things to know about Japan's revised immigration law

Goal is to clarify and protect the rights of foreign blue-collar workers

Under the revised immigration law law, Japan will accept foreign blue-collar workers. The coming years will be a test of whether Japan is an attractive destination for such workers. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Starting Monday, Japan will formally accept blue-collar workers from overseas as the revised immigration law takes effect.

The law is designed to address problems with the existing "technical trainee program," a stopgap measure meant to deal with the country's chronic labor shortage. Those hired as "trainees," mostly from Asia, in practice often served as low-cost workers.

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