Japan Govt Adopts Bill for New Resident Status

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 2 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government, at a cabinet meeting on Friday, adopted a bill to establish new resident status in order to accept more foreigners as labor force, including unskilled work, amid deepening labor shortages at home.

The bill to amend the immigration control law was submitted to the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, later in the day.

The revision, if enacted, would mark a major turning point in Japan's policy on foreign labor, as the country currently does not accept foreigners to do simple work in principle.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its Komeito ally hope to launch debates on the bill, one of the most important items for them during the ongoing extraordinary Diet session, at a plenary meeting of the Lower House on Thursday.

The government is set to do its utmost to get the bill through the Diet during the session, aiming to introduce the new residential status in April 2019.

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