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Japan immigration

Japan construction industry watchdog to keep foreign workers safe

Government wants to ensure the country remains a sought-after destination

Foreign construction workers in Japan are expected to be the beneficiaries of a government watchdog that will keep an eye on how companies treat their employees hired from abroad.

TOKYO -- Japan's government is setting up a supervisory body to keep the country's construction industry from underpaying or otherwise mistreating foreign workers.

A law takes affect on Monday that will ease the hiring of workers from abroad, and the government wants to ensure Japanese employers do not earn a reputation which might convince workers from taking opportunities in the country down the road.

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