New Foreign Worker Status Raising Hopes in Japan Industries

Economy Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--The envisaged new status for foreign workers in Japan is raising hopes in industries facing severe labor shortages, such as the restaurant and manufacturing sectors.

The new residence status "will help us hire more talented foreign workers," an official of a major "izakaya" eatery chain said, welcoming a bill to revise the immigration control law as the restaurant industry has been struggling with chronic labor shortages.

"It's good for both Japanese and foreign staff as we can learn language and customs from each other by working together," an official at a major hotel operator said, hoping for synergy effects that will help improve service quality.

In the manufacturing industry, Isuzu Motors Ltd. <7202> President Masanori Katayama said that as his company is suffering from a shortage of workers, it will be good to have more hiring options.

"Many Indonesian people are already playing a major role and we would face problems without them," an official in the shipbuilding industry said.

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