Trainee workers at a car parts factory in Hiroshima prefecture, western Japan. Photo: Reuters

Japan eases immigration rules to let in more foreign workers under new visa system

  • The new system was launched as hundreds of thousands of foreigners are estimated to take up blue-collar and other types of jobs in the country
  • Foreigners with certain Japanese language and job skills can now apply for a resident status called Specified Skilled Worker No. 1, which grants working rights in 14 sectors, such as construction, farming and nursing care
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Trainee workers at a car parts factory in Hiroshima prefecture, western Japan. Photo: Reuters
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