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How immigration will change Japanese politics

The Japanese government has revised the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law that could expand the entry of non-skilled foreign workers into the Japanese workforce. The law introduces the Specified Skilled Worker Category 1, opening up new professional fields for unskilled foreign workers. It is expected to attract around 345,000 workers in …

Was Japan’s working visa overhaul too much too soon?

IN DECEMBER 2018 the Japanese parliament approved a new immigration law to bring a slew of foreign workers to Japan from April 2019. Japanese industries that are facing pressing labour shortages can now bring foreign workers through a simpler process than the existing limited trainee scheme.What does this new law aim …

Foreign workers in Japan double in 5 years to record high

THE number of foreign workers in Japan has doubled in the last year, after a government push to hire from overseas in a bid to tackle the country’s dire labour shortages. According to official government figures released Friday, there were 1.46 million foreign workers in Japan, 14.2 percent higher than …