Ja­pan passes im­mi­gra­tion law to lure work­ers

The News Tribune - - Business -

Ja­pan’s par­lia­ment passed a new im­mi­gra­tion law Satur­day that aims to at­tract 345,000 for­eign work­ers over the next five years, seek­ing to plug gaps in the coun­try’s shrink­ing and ag­ing work­force.

Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s gov­ern­ment forced through the new law de­spite protests from op­po­si­tion par­ties that ar­gued the leg­is­la­tion was vague. Crit­ics also claim it fails to ad­dress so­cial in­clu­sion for for­eign work­ers.

But the law is driven by de­mo­graphic pres­sures. The fer­til­ity rate has fallen to 1.4 chil­dren per women, far be­low the re­place­ment rate of 2.1, while the pop­u­la­tion is al­ready drop­ping.

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