Upper Limits Eyed for Nursing Operators' Acceptance of Foreign Workers

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to set upper limits on nursing facility operators' hiring of foreign workers under one of the country's two new visa categories, it was learned Tuesday.

This was included in a draft of the government's operational guidelines for the new visa categories aimed at accepting more foreign workers.

One of the two visas will be granted to foreigners having certain levels of knowledge or experience, covering 14 industrial sectors, and other will be given to those with higher skills.

According to the draft guidelines and related documents, each nursing facility operator must keep the number of foreigners it employs under the lower-skilled visa category below that of its overall regular staff members. The rule is believed to be aimed at protecting the employment of Japanese caregivers.

Such foreign caregivers will be limited to working at nursing facilities and not be allowed to engage in home-visit services.

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