60 percent of Japanese back govt plan to accept more foreign workers
Jiji -- Sep 15
Some 60 pct of Japanese people are positive about a government plan to expand the intake of foreign workers by introducing new five-year resident status for them next April, the results of a recent Jiji Press survey suggested.

In the survey earlier this month, the government plan was backed by 60.8 pct of the respondents and opposed by 25.4 pct.

The idea of exempting highly skilled foreign workers from caps on the period of stay and allowing them to invite their families to Japan was supported by 79.6 pct and rejected by 13.8 pct.

In the survey, 2,000 people of 18 or over were interviewed across the country for four days through Monday. Of them, 62.0 pct gave valid responses.

Asked about whether they support the possible announcement of the name of the next Japanese era in advance of its start with Crown Prince Naruhito's planned accession to the throne on May 1 next year, 66.9 pct of the respondents said they did, while 14.4 pct said they did not.

News source: Jiji
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