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Japan immigration

Japan ruling party balks at Abe's worker visa plans

Public support a key consideration ahead of upper house election in 2019

A Vietnamese interpreter helps a resident of Japan during a hospital visit in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. Foreign residents are increasing in Japan as the country grapples with a shortage of labor.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's party has decided to extend debate on the pros and cons of legislation to admit more foreign workers, as lawmakers worry about the potential backlash from conservative voters.

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