TOKYO | Japan OKs divisive bill allowing more foreign workers

7Dec - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



TOKYO— Japanese lawmakers early Saturday approved government-proposed legislation allowing hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to live and work in a country that has long resisted accepting outsiders.

The contentious legislation passed only months after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed the plan despite opposition groups’ demand for more thorough debate to address concerns about a drastic change of policy.

It’s seen as an unavoidable step as the country’s population of about 126 million rapidly ages and shrinks.

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