Japan to Introduce 12 Skills Tests for New Visa for Foreign Workers

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 13 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will set up 12 technical skills examinations covering 14 industrial sectors, including construction, for one of the two new types of work visas for foreigners, it was learned Thursday.

According to its basic and operational policies, the government plans not to accept more than 345,150 foreign workers over five years. The upper limit is the same as one the government told lawmakers during the extraordinary Diet session that ended on Monday.

The government also came up with an outline of comprehensive measures to realize an inclusive society, such as making police call centers multilingual.

It plans to officially adopt the policies and the measures on Dec. 25 after talks with the ruling coalition.

The basic policies call for efforts on necessary measures to prevent foreign workers from concentrating excessively in major cities and allowing them to switch jobs requiring similar skills.

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