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Japan immigration

Japan expects up to 340,000 foreign workers after bill passes

Government to provide estimates as legislature begins debating immigration

Vietnamese intern
Japanese employers might be able to start hiring more foreigners, like this Vietnamese man who works at an auto parts maker, next year. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Between 260,000 and 340,000 foreign workers could enter Japan over the five years starting in fiscal 2019 if a planned amendment to the immigration control law passes the Diet, according to a government estimate seen by Nikkei.

The number includes 33,000 to 47,000 who are expected to arrive in fiscal 2019, if the amendment to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act passes Japan's parliament next month, a government official said.

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