Japan Eyes Action to Prevent Surge in Permanent Foreign Residents

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to revise rules in order to prevent a surge in permanent foreign residents following the introduction of a planned visa category for relatively unskilled workers, government sources said Thursday.

Under the immigration control law, permanent residency is given to foreign citizens whose behavior is "good," who have "sufficient assets or skills to make an independent living" and whose permanent residence will be "in accordance with the interests of Japan."

Furthermore, the government's guidelines for granting permanent residency limit the eligibility to foreigners who have lived in Japan for 10 or more years and held work or other specified visas for at least five years.

Last week, the government submitted a bill to establish two new visa categories next April for foreign workers with designated skills, including blue-collar workers, and those with higher skills, in a bid to address labor shortages in the country.

Visa holders under the first category will be allowed to stay in Japan for up to five years, while those under the second category will be entitled to stay for indefinite periods.

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