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Tokyo, Dec. 8: Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s rul­ing coali­tion early on Satur­day rammed through leg­is­la­tion to bring more blue-col­lar for­eign work­ers into the coun­try, in a con­tro­ver­sial move to ad­dress chronic labour short­ages.

The Bill was en­acted af­ter the Up­per House gave ap­proval de­spite a raft of crit­i­cism by Op­po­si­tion par­ties fol­low­ing its pas­sage through the lower house in late Novem­ber. Both cham­bers are con­trolled by Abe’s rul­ing camp.

Un­der the new sys­tem, the gov­ern­ment plans to bring in as many as 3,45,000 for­eign work­ers in con­struc­tion, food ser­vices, nurs­ing and other des­ig­nated sec­tors for five years. “We aim at start­ing it in April next year be­cause we need to swiftly launch the new sys­tem in order to deal with the cur­rent labour short­age,” Abe said.

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