- opinion poll
- residency (status)
47% support more foreign workers in Japan
Accepting more foreign workers in areas where Japan is facing labor shortages was supported by 47 percent of respondents to a Mainichi Shimbun opinion poll.
The poll was conducted over the phone on Oct. 6-7. Thirty-two percent of responses were against increasing foreign laborers.
The Japanese government plans to create a new five-year residency status for foreign workers from next year. Opinions were divided over whether or not to allow foreign workers to stay in Japan for an unlimited length of time. While 40 percent supported the idea of an unrestricted time limit, 38 percent answered that there is no need for such limitless residency.