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Japan cabinet approves bill to accept foreign workers

TOKYO: Japan’s cabinet on Friday approved a draft bill to bring more blue-collar foreign workers into the country, in a controversial move to address chronic labour shortages. The draft legislation, now likely to be submitted to parliament as soon as Friday, has come under attack from both the opposition and members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s own party, but business leaders say it is desperately needed. The bill would allow foreign nationals with skills in sectors facing particularly severe shortages to obtain…

Japan unveils plan to attract more foreign workers

Japan on Friday unveiled a plan to attract more foreign blue-collar workers, as the world´s number-three economy battles a crippling labour shortage caused by an ageing and shrinking population. The plan reportedly aims to fill gaping shortages in sectors such as agriculture, nursing, construction, hotels and shipbuilding. Under the draft legislation, foreign nationals with skills in fields identified as facing shortages would be awarded a visa allowing them to work for up to five years. Foreign workers in those…

Britain backtracks over listing foreign workers

LONDON: The British government stepped back Sunday from a plan to make employers list their foreign workers as it talks tough on immigration following the Brexit vote, after a backlash among business leaders. "We are not going to be asking companies to list or name or publish or identify their foreign workers," Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told BBC radio, saying the proposal had been "misinterpreted". The idea of making employers publish a record of how many non-British citizens they hire was floated at the annual…