Japan to Allow Seasonal Labor under New Residence Status

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japan's government plans to allow foreigners coming to the country under one of two new types of residence status permitting a stay of up to five years to work only in certain seasons, it was learned Sunday.

The step will be in response to requests mainly from the agriculture industry, informed sources said.

If foreigners return home after arriving in Japan with so-called type one status and visit the country again, the periods in which they actually worked in Japan will be counted as the periods of their stays in the country under the status, according to the sources.

This measure will be stipulated in a Justice Ministry ordinance that will be set after the enactment of a planned bill to revise the immigration control law, the sources said.

The government plans to establish the two types of residence status, designed to accept more workers from abroad, through the law revision, hoping to introduce them in April next year.

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