Japan Lower House Panel to Start Immigration Law Debates Wed.


Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--The Committee on Judicial Affairs of Japan's House of Representatives decided Tuesday to start substantive debates Wednesday on an immigration control law amendment aimed at accepting more foreign workers in Japan.

At Tuesday's meeting of executives of the committee, Yasuhiro Hanashi, chairman of the panel and a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, decided on the move by using his authority.

The LDP and its coalition partner, Komeito, aim to get the bill through the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, on Nov. 27.

At a Lower House plenary meeting earlier on Tuesday, a motion to remove Hanashi from the post of committee chairman was voted down by the ruling bloc and others including Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party). The motion was submitted by the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.

Hanashi also decided that the judicial committee will hold a question-and-answer session with experts on Thursday although the panel has not been scheduled to hold debates on that day.

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