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

Malaysia eyes deal to send blue-collar workers to Japan under new visa scheme

  • Japan on April 1 implemented the visa system to bring in more foreign workers to the country
  • If the agreement is signed, Malaysia would be the 10th country to provide workers to Japan, joining other source nations such as the Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar
Topic |   Malaysia

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Filipino workers at a car parts factory in Hiroshima prefecture, Japan. Photo: Reuters
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People protest in Tokyo against Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s legislation clearing the way for more foreign workers. Photo: Bloomberg

Japan: now open to foreign workers, but still just as racist?

  • Japan is opening its doors to blue-collar workers from overseas to fill the gaps left by an ageing population
  • Resident ‘gaijin’ warn that the new recruits – whom the government refuses to call ‘immigrants’ – might not feel so welcome in Japan
Topic |   Racism

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People protest in Tokyo against Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s legislation clearing the way for more foreign workers. Photo: Bloomberg
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