Japan to set up new resident status for skilled foreign workers
Jiji -- May 31
The Japanese government plans to set up a new resident status as early as next April to bring in skilled workers from overseas as part of efforts to address serious labor shortages, officials said Wednesday.

At present, skilled workers from abroad need to return to their home countries after up to five years of training under Japan's foreign trainee program.

The government hopes to accept work-ready foreigners with specialties and skills to help shore up the country's productivity.

The plan for a new resident status will be included in annual economic and fiscal policy guidelines that the government aims to adopt as early as June 15, the officials said.

The guidelines will not include numerical targets for curbing social security spending for the three years starting next April.

News source: Jiji
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