Japan Adopts Policies for Expanding Use of Foreign Workers

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 25 (Jiji Press)--The government, at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, adopted basic and operational policies detailing a new visa program to allow more foreigners to join the workforce in Japan from April next year.

The government also approved a comprehensive package of measures aimed at realizing an inclusive society, at a separate meeting of related cabinet ministers.

Under the policies, adopted after the enactment this month of contentious revisions to the immigration control law, type one of two new visa categories will be provided to industry-ready foreigners, beginning in April. The government expects to accept up to 345,150 workers from overseas over five years in 14 industry sectors, including nursing care services.

Type two visas, to be issued to those with more sophisticated skills, will be fully introduced in fiscal 2021 in two industry sectors, including construction.

The new visa program marks a historic shift in Japan's labor policy as it will expand the scope of work foreigners can engage in to include simple labor.

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