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Sasaki to head new Immigration Agency

  • March 27, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 5:23 p.m.
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Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press)–Shoko Sasaki, 57, director-general of the Japanese Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau, will be appointed first commissioner of an immigration agency slated to be created on Monday, the government said Wednesday.


The agency, to be established as an affiliate of the Justice Ministry, will be upgraded from the Immigration Bureau, in line with the introduction of a new residence status to allow more foreign workers in the country.


The agency will comprise two departments. One of them will deal with immigration control, such as immigration clearance and deportations, while the other will take charge of managing and supporting foreign nationals residing in Japan and preparing an environment for them to live and work in Japan.


A total of 5,432 personnel will be deployed to the agency, with an increased number of immigration officers.


Sasaki joined the Justice Ministry in 1985. She took her current post in January 2019, after serving as director of the Entry and Status Division and assistance vice justice minister.


Norimitsu Takashima, 57, director-general of the ministry’s Human Rights Bureau, will assume the role of deputy commissioner of the new agency.


Takashima will be replaced at the Human Rights Bureau by Hiroshi Kikuchi, a 55-year-old prosecutor at the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office.

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