Diet Talks on Foreign Workers Bill Postponed over Survey Errors

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling coalition dropped a plan to start substantive deliberations in the Diet on Friday on a bill to expand the acceptance of foreign workers, amid a major backlash from opposition parties over errors in a related government survey.

The government revealed that there were errors in its survey on missing foreign job trainees, at an executive meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on Judicial Affairs.

The opposition camp accused the government of undermining assumptions for Diet talks on the bill.

The main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan submitted a motion to dismiss the Lower House committee's chairman, Yasuhiro Hanashi of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, for not stopping proceedings despite the revelation of the survey errors.

The motion is expected to be voted down at a plenary Lower House meeting on Tuesday.

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