The Mainichi | 30 October 2018
TOKYO — The ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Judicial Affairs Division approved a package of government-proposed legal revisions to accept more foreign workers on Oct. 29, paving the way for submission of the measures to the current extraordinary session of the Diet.
The government hopes to pass the draft revisions through the Diet for their introduction in April next year. In total, it is considering opening up 14 industrial areas facing acute labor shortages to more foreign workers.
The draft package includes revisions to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act to create new residency statuses for additional foreign workers, and changes to the Act for Establishment of the Ministry of Justice to upgrade the ministry’s Immigration Bureau a full agency.
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