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Japan to bring in more foreign labour as workforce shrinks

TOKYO: Japan announced Friday plans to ease immigration restrictions and bring in more foreign workers to tackle a serious labour shortage caused by the country's ageing, shrinking population. The government has proposed a new visa status that would allow more overseas workers to fill the employment needs of specific sectors. "Labour shortages have become more acute," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. "It is necessary to create a mechanism to broadly accept foreign personnel who are work-ready…