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Five things to know about Japan’s foreign worker bill

The lower house of the Japanese parliament on Tuesday passed a bill that, if passed, will allow the country to formally accept foreign blue-collar workers and give them a pathway to permanent residency, an initiative some see as a step toward becoming a nation that welcomes immigrants. In recent years,…



Between 260,000 and 340,000 foreign workers could enter Japan over the five years through fiscal 2019 if a planned amendment to the immigration control law passes the Diet, according to a government estimate seen by Nikkei. The number includes 33,000 to 47,000 who are expected to arrive in fiscal 2019, if the…