Japan Govt to Submit Bill on New Residence Status on Fri.


Tokyo, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--Given the go-ahead by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday, the government is set to introduce legislation for creating two new types of resident status in Japan to the Diet on Friday.

At a meeting of its General Council, the LDP conditionally adopted a draft bill designed to accept more foreign workers in the country, on condition that the bill be revised to add a provision calling for reviewing the new residence status system after it takes effect.

The government aims to adopt the amendment bill to the immigration control law at a cabinet meeting on Friday and submit it to the ongoing parliamentary session immediately, informed sources said.

The government plans to make all-out efforts for launching the new system in April next year. But heated parliamentary debate is expected as opposition parties have been calling for carefully handling the bill.

According to the bill, the Type 1 status will allow foreign workers meeting certain criteria to live in the country for a total of up to five years per person while prohibiting them from bringing their family members with them.

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