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Japan to take in more immigrants as population ages

Sep 13, 2018 17:55 IST
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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.