TOKYO — Between 260,000 and 340,000 foreign workers could enter Japan over the five years starting in fiscal 2019 if a planned amendment to the immigration control law passes the Diet, according to a government estimate seen by Nikkei.
The number includes 33,000 to 47,000 who are expected to arrive in fiscal 2019, if the amendment to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act passes Japan’s parliament next month, a government official said.
The government will release estimates broken down by industry “in the coming days” to facilitate the debate on the amendment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
These estimates will be treated as a cap, according to Abe. “Barring a significant change in circumstances, we won’t accept workers beyond these levels,” he said.