Permanent Residency Would Not Be Given Automatically, Abe Says

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday denied that permanent residency would be granted automatically to the more skilled group of foreign workers the government wants to accept for indefinite periods by revising the immigration control law.

"Acquiring the relevant residency status does not necessarily mean that they would be given permanent residency," Abe said in a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting. Permanent residency screenings would be made on an individual basis, he said.

A bill to revise the immigration control law seeks to create visa categories for relatively low-skilled workers and skilled workers, respectively, in April next year. The first category would allow foreign residents to live in Japan for a total of five years and the second would set no limit on the duration of stay.

The prime minister said wage levels for foreign workers would have to be at least the same as those of Japanese workers.

"Otherwise, Japanese citizens' wages would end up being lowered," Abe said.

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