Japan Opens Doors to More Foreign Workers

Politics

Tokyo, April 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan opened its doors to more foreign workers on Monday when a revised immigration control law came into effect to create new resident status.

The country is expected to grant the new status to up to some 340,000 foreign workers over the next five years, in 14 sectors facing serious labor shortages, such as nursing and construction.

To qualify for the new status, applicants need to pass sector-specific skill tests and Japanese ability tests, or complete a three-year technical training program.

The tests will start this month in Japan and the Philippines, first for the nursing, restaurant and hotel industries.

In preparation for an expected increase in immigration control operations, the Justice Ministry upgraded its Immigration Bureau to the Immigration Services Agency on Monday.

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