The government plans to set up a headquarters within the Cabinet to work out measures by the end of fiscal 2015 for accepting more foreign workers in Japan, a draft schedule for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new growth strategy showed Monday.
The growth strategy to be compiled later this month eyes laying out necessary rules to allow foreigners to engage in broader types of jobs in sectors such as nursing care and in longer periods, according to the draft obtained by Kyodo News.
A midterm strategy on the issue for fiscal 2016 and on will be decided through discussions among relevant ministries, the draft says.
As a first step, foreign workers will be allowed to work as housekeepers this year in the newly created “strategic special zones” which promote deregulations and tax breaks, while qualified foreign students will also be able to work.
At present, limited kinds of jobs are permitted for foreigners, such as those in research, culinary arts or other areas that require high skills.
But the government faces the need to make up for a falling working population amid a decreasing birthrate and aging society to avoid economic slowdown.
The draft also envisions legislation within this year to promote the use of private-sector funds for infrastructure development.
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