Japanese Minister Apologizes for Immigration Law-Linked Survey Errors

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita apologized for errors in a government survey on missing foreign job trainees, at a parliamentary committee meeting on Wednesday.

"I offer a heartfelt apology as a person responsible for legal administration," Yamashita said at the House of Representatives Judicial Affairs Committee.

His comments came as the Lower House committee on Wednesday started deliberations on revisions to the immigration control law to allow the country to accept more foreign workers.

Yamashita admitted that based on erroneous materials, he answered to a question on the matter at a meeting of the House of Councillors Budget Committee on Nov. 7.

At the Nov. 7 meeting, Yamashita said that some 87 pct of foreign job trainees who disappeared left for higher wages. In reality, however, some 67 pct of such personnel went missing due to low wages.

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