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Japan may loosen immigration rules for blue-collar workers

Japan's cabinet has approved draft legislation to loosen the country's immigration rules.
The relaxed laws would create two new visa categories to allow foreigners in sectors with labour shortages to enter the country.
Japan has restrictive immigration laws and accepts few workers from other countries.
But new rules could allow blue-collar workers in the construction, farming and healthcare sectors to work there.
Workers in the first visa category will be allowed to work in the country for five years, and bring their families, if they have a certain level of skill and some proficiency in Japanese.
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