Japan to take in more immigrants as population ages
Japan’s foreign minister said on Thursday the country is bound to accept more foreign workers as its own population is on the brink of a steep decline. Taro Kono told a World Economic Forum meeting in Hanoi that Japan gains “value added” by accepting foreigners willing to assimilate. He cited tennis star Naomi Osaka, daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, as an example of the benefits of diversity. Kono said Japan is drafting a new work permit system and gearing up to open its labour market.