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Japan immigration

Japan bumps into challenges welcoming overseas workers

Amid serious labor crunch, race is on to improve working conditions and training

A trainee from Myanmar works at a factory in Osaka. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- With Japan's revised immigration rules having taken effect on April 1, moves to accept more foreign workers are picking up steam as the country struggles to cope with a serious labor crunch. Not surprisingly, there are snags.

Restaurants and other industries dealing with acute labor shortages have welcomed the legal change, but the governing Liberal Democratic Party is already hearing pleas to expand the scope of the law. The LDP is to come up with concrete proposals before the government adopts a new economic growth strategy and compiles its fiscal 2020 budget.

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