Pakistani workers in Japan, Apr 2010. Wikimedia Commons


The Japan Times-Dec 10

The amendment to the immigration control law enacted by the Diet on Saturday morning, which formally opens Japan’s doors to foreign workers to engage in unskilled labor, left out much of the new program’s details, such as the number of workers expected in each industrial sector, specifics of the skills required of the workers who qualify for the new visa statuses, the standards of their employment contracts, as well as measures to help them settle in society, including language support. Those details will be set by the government in ordinances not subject to Diet approval before the new system is implemented next April. Even though the amendment marks a major turnaround in government policy on immigrant workers, discussions fell short of what was needed because the government and the ruling coalition rushed the bill through the Diet.

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First published in: The Japan Times