LDP Division Conditionally OKs New Foreign Worker Status

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--The judicial affairs division of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party conditionally gave the nod Monday to a government-drafted bill to revise the immigration control law to enable Japan to accept more foreign workers by creating new types of resident status for them.

In a meeting held at the party's headquarters in Tokyo, Gaku Hasegawa, head of the division, introduced a resolution urging the government to make technical requirements stricter for granting the so-called Type 2 status, seen as an effective measure to let more immigrants in the country.

Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita expressed intention to do so, helping stifle dissenting opinion.

Aiming to adopt the bill at a cabinet meeting on Friday, the government hopes to obtain approval from the party's General Council on Tuesday. But some LDP members remain reluctant to allow the law amendment.

According to the draft bill, Type 1 status allows workers with specified skills to stay in Japan for up to five years in total per person but bans them from bringing their family members with them. But skillful workers who obtained Type 2 status can extend the period of stay unlimitedly and call their family members over to Japan.

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