New resident status eyed for foreign workers

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government plans to establish a new resident status for foreign workers as early as April 2019, according to government sources.

Under the new system, foreigners who have completed a designated technical intern training program of up to five years will be eligible to work for an additional five years upon passing an exam.

However, there are lingering concerns that the system deviates from its original purpose of “passing on technology to developing countries” and will mainly be used to secure workers in Japan.

The new resident status under consideration by the government is tentatively called tokutei gino (designated skilled labor).

The status will be granted to foreigners who have finished technical intern training and enables them to work in Japan.

The government will finalize details on the status in the future. Foreigners who have received the designation will be able to stay in Japan for up to five more years. Recipients will be asked to temporarily leave the country once they have finished the training so that the new system would not mean a simple extension of the technical training period.

The government intends to include the plan in its basic policy on economic and fiscal management and structural reform, which will be compiled this summer, and will submit a bill to revise the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law accordingly as early this autumn during an extraordinary Diet session.Speech

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