Japan Seen Accepting Up to 340,000 Foreign Workers in 5 Years

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japan is seen accepting up to 340,000 foreign workers over the five years since planned revisions to the immigration control law take effect, government sources said Tuesday.

In fiscal 2019, the first year, the number of foreign workers to be accepted under two planned visa categories is projected to total 47,000 at the most, according to the sources.

At a plenary meeting of the House of Representatives, which marked the start of parliamentary debates on the revisions, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government will shortly release its official industry-by-industry estimates.

Abe made it clear that the government will regard the estimated numbers as "upper limits" on the issuance of new work visas.

Amid deepening labor shortages, the Abe administration is eager to introduce the new visa categories in April 2019 by enacting a bill to revise the immigration control law during the ongoing extraordinary Diet session, currently slated to end Dec. 10.

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