Japan's labor ministry has requested the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to carefully manage the safety of foreigners hired for decommissioning work.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, announced last month that it plans to allow foreigners to work at the facility through Japan's new visa program.
With workers in short supply over the spring holiday period, one restaurant chain is turning to an unusual solution to staff its outlets -- having managers and clerical workers serve customers.
The chain, called Kisuke and based in the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi, operates14 outlets and specializes in grilled beef tongue, a local favorite.
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant says it will accept foreign workers hired under Japan's new visa program for work to decommission the facility.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says it reported the decision at a meeting in late March to dozens of companies carrying out the decommissioning. The firm had not permitted foreign trainees to take part in the work.
KOKA, Shiga Prefecture--Fourteen municipal government employees descended upon a ninja experience facility here to learn to throw "shuriken" star-shaped daggers, as well as climb castle walls.
The special trip in mid-December, led by Kaoru Kurata, the mayor of Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, was part of the Ikeda Koka ninja group project, which was launched seven months ago at the initiative of the Ikeda municipal government to turn the city into a ninja hub.
The Japanese government has approved a set of policy measures to make it easier for foreigners to live and work in Japan.
The package approved Tuesday is in line with a revised immigration law set to take effect in April marking a major policy change. Residential status now available only to high-skilled workers will become available to a much wider range of lower-skilled workers.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has revealed that the government plans to open about 100 support centers for foreign workers across Japan.
This will be part of comprehensive measures the country intends to draw up by the yearend, ahead of the implementation in April of the newly passed law to bring in more foreign workers.
The Japanese government is drawing up a draft of policies for a new system that will enable more foreign nationals to find employment in Japan.
The revised immigration law which takes effect in April of next year will permit more foreign workers to enter the country. The government plans to provide a full picture of how the new program works before the end of this year.