Tokyo, July 18 (Jiji Press)–Japan has granted 30 applicants new residence status for foreign workers with specific skills, according to Immigration Services Agency Commissioner Shoko Sasaki.
More than 400 foreigners had applied as of Friday, and 30 of them were granted the status, she told a news conference at the Japan National Press Club on Wednesday.
The government will listen to municipal officials, Japanese nationals and foreigners so that it can run the new system properly, she added.
Japan introduced the new status in April to increase foreigners working in the country, where many industries suffer from labor shortages.
As of Friday, 2,763 applications had been filed for registration as organizations to help foreign workers with the new status. Of the total, 1,218 applicants were registered, she said.