Japan passes immigration law to lure workers
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.