Ja­pan eases im­mi­gra­tion rules for work­ers

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ap­ply for res­i­dency.

The op­po­si­tion has ar­gued that an in­flux of for­eign work­ers would de­press wages and lead to ex­ploita­tion of mi­grant la­bor.

The BBC’S Ru­pert Wing­field-hayes in Tokyo said the cur­rent pro­gram of “tech­ni­cal train­ing” for low-skilled for­eign work­ers is open to abuse by un­scrupu­lous em­ploy­ers.

Busi­nesses in Ja­pan have long ar­gued for changes to im­mi­gra­tion rules to re­cruit work­ers from other coun­tries.

But Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe has stressed the pro­posed law is not an over­haul of im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy and Ja­pan will only ac­cept for­eign­ers “who have spe­cific skills and can work im­me­di­ately to ad­dress se­ri­ous la­bor short­ages, only in sec­tors that gen­uinely need them.”

Ja­pan’s fer­til­ity rate dropped be­low 2.1 child­births per woman – re­place­ment level – in the 1970s and now stands at around 1.4. The coun­try also has one of the world’s long­est life ex­pectan­cies (85.5).

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