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Japan immigration

Japan eyes fast access to phone and bank services for foreigners

As more workers arrive from abroad, 100 help centers will be set up nationwide

The Japanese government plans to set up around 100 help centers nationwide to support foreigners in their daily lives. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan will take measures to help workers from abroad meet essential needs in their everyday lives ahead of an influx expected next year to address the nation's labor shortage.

The government will ask mobile phone companies to let foreign workers sign service contracts if they show their residency cards, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a speech Sunday in the southern city of Fukuoka. The top government spokesman also suggested that opening bank accounts and finding housing information will be made easier.

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