On 8th December 2018, the bill to amend the immigration control law has officially passed the Diet and will be effective from April 2019.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a press conference and presented the bill to amend the immigration control law has passed the Diet.
[Press conference in English translation] https://nettv.gov-online.go.jp/eng/prg/prg6098.html
Below is the simultaneous translation in text.
As for the immigration law division, the bureau was inducted this Diet session.
We have the Labor shortage across Japan so in order to allow capable foreign workers to work in Japan, this bill is necessary
So, we have to develop the operational program.
This new legislation, whether this policy is immigration policy or not, this is not an immigration policy, I have clearly said so.
The number of foreign workers will be set and we are going to set the ceiling and also the immigration will be limited.
Although you have concerns, this is not an immigration policy.
Now, the job availability ratio exceeded 1 time in all 47 prefectures. In the local areas, the SMEs are facing a serious labor shortage. In this reality, we have to face and confront it. Especially the SMEs, capital investments they are thriving to enhance productivity.
However, none the less, for nursing, agriculture, and construction, especially where we see a severe labor shortage, and in those areas only, we will provide labor rules and qualifications which would actually support as part of Japan the activity ongoing to provide similar working conditions and as well as wage will be secured.
At the same time health insurance and coverage, we should not have any wrongdoing.
Going forward we will have strict measures in place.
As for the Administration of immigration, we will establish the administrative agency to steadfast to address the concerns of the nationals and citizens. And by fully taking in account the debate taken at the diet, we will fully operate the system which includes the training of the workers.