Reactions to the Bill to Accept More Foreign Workers
How did Japanese people react to the new bill to accept more foreigner workers from April 2019? Kyodo News made a nationwide poll. The results seem to be positive: More than a half of Japanese interviewed support the bill.
The survey was conducted by phone, it covered 744 randomly selected households with eligible voters and 1,169 mobile phone numbers. The answers came from 520 and 518 individuals respectively.
5.31 percent are supportive of the bill, while 39.5 percent opposed. Japanese seem not as critical as some members of Shinzo Abe’s party had thought. Who opposed declared that they are afraid of potential problems within communities due to the lack of common cultural background with foreign nationals.
If the bill will pass, it will mark a huge shift from Japan’s policy of accepting only high skilled professionals. The business community welcomes this possible change, but diverse lawmakers are pointing out that the government moved too fast without preparing steps to cope with possible social security and education problems.
Article by Elena Laghi