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Japan immigration

Japan steps closer toward accepting more foreign workers

Justice Ministry launches plan after introduction of revised immigration law

Foreign workers have worked for years in Japanese factories under a training program. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan will implement measures to accept foreign blue-collar workers under a new work visa program, the Ministry of Justice indicated on Friday.

Previously known as the Basic Plan for Immigration Control, the program was updated and launched following the April 1 introduction of the revised immigration law, which is designed to address the country’s chronic labor shortage.

The plan is expected to be revised after two years.

The measures, discussed in December 2018, include improving Japanese language education, as well as adding support for the existing technical trainee program, which faces declining enrollment due to claims of overwork, unpaid wages and abuse.

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