Ja­pan law to ac­cept for­eign work­ers

The Asian Age - - Na­tion -

coun­try un­der a so­called “tech­ni­cal train­ing” pro­gramme, which has re­peat­edly faced al­le­ga­tions of abuse.

“We should not cre­ate a new sys­tem hastily with­out re­view­ing the tech­ni­cal train­ing pro­gramme in which prob­lems are mount­ing,” Yoshifu Arita, an Op­po­si­tion law­maker, told Parliament. Busi­nesses have long lob­bied for looser im­mi­gra­tion rules, say­ing they strug­gle to find work­ers in a coun­try where un­em­ploy­ment hov­ers around 2.5 per cent.

The chronic labour short­ages are only wors­en­ing as Ja­pan’s age­ing and shrink­ing pop­u­la­tion means a de­clin­ing pool of work­ers.

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