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Japan immigration

Tokyo to prevent foreign hires from displacing Japanese workers

New work visa laws include stronger protections for foreigners

Foreign workers at a construction site in Japan's Aichi Prefecture.

TOKYO -- Japanese employers can hire foreign-born workers on the condition that they retain current employees doing the same job, according to forthcoming government rules meant to address concerns about recently passed work visa legislation, Nikkei has learned.

The provision is a response to fears that the amended immigration law could potentially lead to foreigners taking jobs away from Japanese citizens. The rules will be issued within the current fiscal year ending in March.

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