Japan Seen Accepting 40,000 Foreigners with New Work Visas in 1st Year

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 3 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is eyeing accepting some 40,000 foreign workers under two planned visa categories in the year after their introduction, it was learned on Saturday.

In the first five years, Japan is expected to accept a total of 250,000 foreigners with the new work visas, government sources said.

The government plans to set no ceiling on the acceptance of foreign workers under the new system, according to the sources.

The government submitted a related bill to revise the immigration control law on Friday, aiming to get it through the Diet during the ongoing session that ends on Dec. 10. It plans to introduce the new system next April.

Visas under the new system will be granted to foreigners with "specified skills," including blue-collar workers.

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