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Japan opens door wider to foreign blue-collar workers despite criticism

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By Linda Sieg and Ami MiyazakiTOKYO (Reuters) - Japan, in a major policy shift, enacted on Saturday a law to let in more foreign, blue-collar workers to ease a labour shortage, despite criticism it was too hastily crafted and risked exposing the workers to exploitation.Immigration has long been taboo in a country where many prize ethnic homogeneity, but the shrinking, ageing population has increased pressure to relax strict controls on foreign workers.The legislation, which was approved by parliament's upper house in the early hours after delaying tactics by opposition parties, will take ...

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 08:43 IST