Foreign workers' children may get resident status
NHK -- Dec 01
The Japanese government says children born to foreigners in the country on a proposed skilled worker visa could receive resident status, even though the visa would, in principle, bar the workers from bringing family members to Japan.

The proposed visa would be one of 2 created by a bill to allow more foreigners to work in Japan. The bill, now before the Diet, is part of an effort to tackle an acute labor shortage.

People with vocational skills in designated fields would be categorized as type 1 workers. Those with more advanced skills would fall into type 2. People in this category could bring their families and would have no limit to their stay.

Type 1 workers would only be allowed to work in Japan for up to 5 years, and could not, in principle, bring their families.

A Cabinet meeting on Friday responded to a written question by Kazunori Yamanoi of the opposition Democratic Party For the People.

The meeting gave a written answer that says children born to type 1 workers after they get married in Japan could be granted resident status.

News source: NHK
Feb 16
Soft drink companies in Japan have put aside their long-held fear of losing market shares, moving to raise prices amid soaring expenses for labor and materials. (Nikkei)
Feb 16
Reservations for travel overseas are surging for this year's 10-day Golden Week period, during which the Imperial succession is set to take place, according to a JTB Corp. official. (Japan Times)
Feb 16
A fire broke out at a warehouse in Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon leaving three men dead and another man injured, while some flights at nearby Haneda airport were also disrupted by the incident. (Kyodo)
Feb 15
The Japanese government has mapped out a bill to officially recognize the Ainu ethnic minority as an indigenous people of Japan. (NHK)
Feb 15
Bullet train ticket machines have stopped working in many parts of Japan. (NHK)
Feb 15
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 58-year-old woman who while nude portrayed an elderly woman on a pay-to-view site, reports TV Asahi (Feb. 14). (tokyoreporter.com)
Feb 15
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have apprehended a man who is suspected of slashing another man and a woman at a railway station in Bunkyo ward on Thursday, reports NHK (Feb. 14). (tokyoreporter.com)
Feb 13
Around the world, people use chocolate treats to express sweet nothings on Valentine's Day. (BBC)
Feb 13
As spring approaches in Japan, the country's weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms will bloom. (straitstimes.com)
Feb 13
A new outbreak of swine fever has been confirmed on a pig farm in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan. It is the third farm in the prefecture to be hit by the highly contagious disease. (NHK)