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Opposition bloc vows to derail bill to accommodate more foreign workers

  • November 4, 2018
  • , NHK
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NHK’s Sunday morning talk show “Nichiyo Toron” featured a live debate among policy chiefs of ruling and opposition parties on two major issues in the ongoing Diet session – a bill to revise the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law designed to accept more foreign laborers and the planned hike in the consumption tax next October. The ruling representatives stressed the importance of passing the GOJ-sponsored legislation quickly in order to take in more foreign workers in view of the “very severe labor shortage across the nation and across industries,” in the words of LDP Policy Research Council Chairman Kishida. Opposition officials were unanimous in taking issue with the bill on the grounds that the Abe administration has failed to address the potential challenges of an influx of foreign laborers, such as language training, housing, and medical insurance. Democratic Party for the People policy affairs director Izumi criticized the administration for failing to specify in the legislation a limit to the number of foreign workers to be accepted.


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