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Japan immigration

Japan prepares support for incoming foreign workers

Focus turns to helping newcomers adjust after major shift in immigration policy

A foreign worker seen at a construction site in Tokyo. Japan is preparing for a influx of workers after passage of the new law. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan will assemble a package of measures to support an influx of foreign workers following Saturday's passage of a watershed revision to the immigration control law.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government will hold a meeting Dec. 28 to approve the plan before the law takes effect on April 1, bringing in what Tokyo estimates as up to 345,000 low-skilled foreign workers to relieve labor shortages.

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