Local Govts in Japan Preparing to Accept More Foreign Workers

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 19 (Jiji Press)--Local governments in Japan are preparing for an expected influx of foreign workers, with parliament expected to start substantive deliberations on a bill to expand the acceptance of foreign labor.

Addressing labor shortages is a pressing matter for local governments.

The Chiba prefectural government, which is facing a shortage of caregivers, is pinning hopes on Vietnamese people, who have a good reputation as a source of manpower among foreigners working in the prefecture.

Chiba Governor Kensaku Morita will inspect a facility in Vietnam that provides Japanese language education and sends technical interns to Japan, as well as meet with the mayor of Ho Chi Minh City.

Speaking to reporters at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture on Thursday before his departure to the Southeast Asian country, Morita noted that while the central government decides the outline of programs, it is difficult for the country to work out the details.

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