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Shinzo Abe bets on foreigner workers

Language problems and diverging social customs are why many Japanese nationals and businesses are reluctant to accept foreign workers on a permanent basis, echoed Sayuri Shirai, professor at Keio University.

Restaurants, for example, are increasingly employing more migrants “but people say their services aren’t good because of communication problems,” she said. Many also worry that more foreigners will translate to a shifting Japanese culture and the specter of racial divisions, she added.

For unskilled foreigners, especially those from developing countries, the problem of human rights violations is another obstacle. The government has long faced criticism over the treatment of such workers, who work as “technical interns,” amid numerous reports of sub-par working conditions, salaries that are below minimum wage and long hours.

With more unskilled workers set to arrive next year, more of such cases could occur, said Iwahara. The government has promised to deal with the issues, but no concrete measures have yet been announced, according to Shirai.

Source : CNBC

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