Japan Aims to Open Door Wider to Blue-Collar Workers

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

(From Reuters)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved draft legislation on Friday to open the door to more overseas blue-collar workers in sectors grappling with labor shortages, a controversial policy shift in immigration-shy Japan. . . .

Immigration has long been taboo as many Japanese prize ethnic homogeneity, but the reality of an aging, shrinking population is challenging such views.

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