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Japan immigration

Japan's lower house passes foreign worker bill as concerns mount

New visa program set to be approved next month

The lower house of Japan's parliament approved a new visa program for foreign workers over objections from opposition lawmakers. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- The lower house of Japan's parliament passed legislation on Tuesday that would open the country's doors wider to foreign workers, bringing the bill a step closer to enactment, but issues such as capping new arrivals and ensuring decent working conditions remain unresolved.

The bill, approved with the support of the ruling coalition and other parties, will now be sent to the upper house, with the government hoping for enactment before the Diet session closes on Dec. 10.

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