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Japan immigration

Japan looks at ways to help foreign workers thrive

Help desk to deal with medical appointments, the housing hunt and language learning

Vietnamese technical interns at a construction site in Tokyo. Those who finish the program could stay in the country for another five years under a type of work permit to be launched in April. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi) 

TOKYO -- As Japan prepares to open its doors wider for foreign workers next April, the government is working to identify potential challenges they may face and draw up detailed solutions by the end of this year.

The hope is to aid these foreigners in integrating into society. One idea entails setting up a multilingual help desk for such tasks as booking a doctor's appointment and finding a place to live, as well as learning Japanese.

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