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Japan immigration

Japan to receive 60,000 nursing helpers in new visa program

Government expects up to 345,000 foreign workers in 14 sectors

Filipina workers talk to an elderly man at a care center in Tokyo. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Nursing care is likely to see the biggest influx of foreigners under a Japanese visa program launching in April 2019 to address labor shortages, with up to 60,000 new workers expected in the first five years.

The Ministry of Justice on Wednesday presented to the Diet a breakdown of the number of foreign workers expected in each of the 14 sectors covered by the program. Overall, the country is likely to take in about 263,000 to 345,000 foreigners though a visa program for low-skill workers in five years, including up to 53,000 in the restaurant industry, 40,000 in construction and 36,500 in agriculture.

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