LDP approves bill to accept more foreign workers
NHK -- Oct 31
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party's decision-making body has approved a bill to revise the immigration control law to increase the number of foreign workers from next April.

The LDP's General Council completed in-party procedures on Tuesday.

The revised law will create 2 new categories of working residence status.

Workers in the first category, with a certain level of skill, will be granted up to 5 years of residency status.

The second-category workers, with higher skill levels, will be able to reside longer, and can be accompanied by family members.

Residence status for workers is currently limited to highly skilled personnel such as university professors. Starting next April, the status will be expanded to other fields.

The Justice Ministry says skilled foreign workers are sought by 14 industries including nursing, construction, agriculture and services.

During the discussion, LDP lawmakers said the government must determine as soon as possible how many foreign workers each industry needs.

The government says the new status will be granted only in industries with labor shortages, and that the numbers of workers will be decided soon.

外国人労働者の受け入れ拡大を目指す出入国管理法の改正案について、自民党の総務会は3年をめどに見直すという条件で了承しました。 自民党・加藤総務会長:「運用面についても党として責任を持ってこれから対応していくということ。
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