Liberal Democratic Party’s General Council Approves the Draft of the Immigration Control Bill
The Liberal Democratic Party’s General Council approved the draft of the bill on immigration control, which will introduce the new visas for blue-collar and skilled workers, despite its members have some concerns about the country’s ability to properly handle the possible influx of workers that this new plan may cause.
Most of the concerns rotate around the question if the eligibility criteria are strict enough, and how the country will be affected in its pension scheme and medical welfare system after a continuous inflow of foreign workers
The LDP’s Health, Labor and Welfare Division made a series of considerations, among which there is the establishing of a system that would prevent the misuse of the medical system, providing translators at hospitals and ensuring a fair treatment of the workers in their workplace
Despite these recommendations, some members had still doubts about the Judicial Affairs Division’s decision to approve the draft bill. One concern involves the country’s preparation of a security system that can accommodate new foreign workers.
On the other hand, the Judicial Affairs Division adopted a resolution, with caveats, to accept the draft bill. The resolution asks the government to apply stricter application conditions to the visa of type two, which allows skilled foreign workers to bring their families to Japan and renew their visas. If the bill passes, it also asks the government to discuss the implementation of the new law with the LDP.
Article by Elena Laghi