During the early days of “Abenomics,” U.S. businesses were optimistic they could convince Japan’s government to make a small change to the nation’s tight immigration rules to let more household helpers into the country.
But a year after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office, an idea that some thought might be an easy win for immigration reform while meeting a stated aim of Abe’s growth strategy has made no apparent progress.
If Abe’s government drags its feet on one small step, it suggests scant prospects for any broader measures to let in foreign workers any time soon – which many experts say will be necessary for Japan to sustain its economic growth in the face of a rapidly shrinking workforce.
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