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Japan to expand monitoring of foreign staff conditions

Labor Ministry to bolster inspection team by 70% as unskilled workers come in

Men work at a construction site in Tokyo. Japan is moving to create a new residency status for unskilled foreign labor in sectors hit with severe worker shortages, including construction, nursing care and agriculture.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will expand its staff charged with monitoring working conditions for foreign workers to ensure that employers are in legal compliance as the nation prepares to open its doors to unskilled labor. 

The labor ministry's inspection staff will be increased from the current 140 to around 240 next fiscal year. In addition to providing advice to foreign workers at public employment centers, they will inspect workplaces to make sure that the workers are paid appropriately and to crack down on illegal hiring. The ministry received an addition of just 12 workers in fiscal 2018.

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