How Japan plans to make life easier for foreign workers
STRUGGLING with a diminishing workforce, Japan on Tuesday unveiled a host of measures to attract foreign workers to the country with a visa system that ensures proper working conditions and support for life in the country. The government is looking to life restrictions of foreign labour beginning April next year to address labour shortages despite fierce criticism on the pace at which the administration was moving over fears that the country was not prepared for an influx of migrants from other countries. According to Kyodo, the workers expected to benefit from the measures were mostly from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Burma, Nepal, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam. SEE ALSO: The surprisingly interesting psychology behind Japan’s train system The foreign workers will be allowed to work in 14 sectors, including construction, farming, nursing care and the restaurant business. The government said it would offer “proper” working conditions for foreign workers in terms of pay, working hours and safety under the new visa system approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet. Authorities were also tasked with taking action against unscrupulous brokers who collected fees from the foreign workers under the guise of arranging their migration to Japan and finding employment for them there. In the first five years of the move, Japan will be expecting 345,150 foreign workers to acquire the new residency status, but the policy will also prevent “excessive” numbers of the foreigners from settling into large city areas where the pay was higher than those in the regional cities. ... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, How Japan plans to make life easier for foreign workers, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Tuesday, 25 December
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