The Reading / Listening - Foreign Workers - Level 2

Japan is changing because it needs workers. It is an aging society. This means it does not have enough workers. Japan's government has decided to employ workers from other countries to fill jobs. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government will meet to approve a plan, which could become law on April 1. The new law would allow up to 345,000 foreign workers to help with its shortage of labor. Many of these will work in construction, fishing, healthcare and agriculture. They will be mainly low-skilled workers and need to pass a Japanese language test.



Japan's government said on Saturday that it had to change and let more foreign workers in to help the economy. It said: "If Japan simply continued along the same path, we would find ourselves in a very difficult situation." The government will make sure foreign workers can quickly adjust to life in cities and towns. It said: "We want to ensure they have the right environment in which to live and work." Japanese people are having fewer children - only 1.4 children per woman. This should be 2.1 for Japan to have enough workers. Japan's population is already dropping every year.

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    Foreign Workers - Level 0 Foreign Workers - Level 1   or  Foreign Workers - Level 3

Sources
  • https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Japan-Immigration/Japan-prepares-support-for-incoming-foreign-workers
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/japan-passes-controversial-new-immigration-bill-to-attract-foreign-workers/2018/12/07/a76d8420-f9f3-11e8-863a-8972120646e0_story.html
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/12/08/national/japan-passes-law-opening-door-foreign-labor-experts-warn-challenges-ahead/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. It is an aging
  2. it does not
  3. fill
  4. become law
  5. help with its shortage
  6. Many of these will work in
  7. They will be mainly low-
  8. pass a Japanese
  1. on April 1
  2. skilled workers
  3. have enough workers
  4. language test
  5. society
  6. of labor
  7. jobs
  8. construction

Paragraph 2

  1. let more
  2. continued along the same
  3. The government will make
  4. workers can quickly
  5. life in cities
  6. the right environment in
  7. Japanese people are having
  8. Japan's population is
  1. and towns
  2. fewer children
  3. foreign workers in
  4. already dropping
  5. which to live
  6. sure
  7. adjust
  8. path

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan is changing (1) ___________________ workers. It is an aging society. This means it does (2) ___________________ workers. Japan's government has decided to employ workers from other countries into the country (3) ___________________. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government will meet to approve a plan, which could (4) ___________________ April 1. The new law would allow up to 345,000 foreign workers to help with its shortage of labor. Many of these (5) ___________________ construction, fishing, healthcare and agriculture. They will be mainly low-skilled workers and need (6) ___________________ Japanese language test.

Japan's government said on Saturday (7) ___________________ to change and let more foreign workers (8) ___________________ the economy. It said: "If Japan simply continued along (9) ___________________, we would find ourselves in a very difficult situation." The government will make sure foreign workers can quickly (10) ___________________ in cities and towns. It said: "We want to ensure they have the right environment in which to live and work." Japanese people are (11) ___________________ - only 1.4 children per woman. This should be 2.1 for Japan to have enough workers. Japan's population (12) ___________________ every year.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japanischangingbecauseitneedsworkers.Itisanagingsociety.Thisme
ansitdoesnothaveenoughworkers.Japan'sgovernmenthasdecidedto
employworkersfromothercountriestofilljobs.Japan's
PrimeMinisterShinzoAbesaidhisgovernmentwillmeettoapproveapla
n,whichcouldbecomelawonApril1.Thenewlawwouldallowupto345,0
00foreignworkerstohelpwithitsshortageoflabor.Manyofthesewillwor
kinconstruction,fishing,healthcareandagriculture.Theywillbemainly
low-skilledworkersandneedtopassaJapaneselanguagetest.Japan'sg
overnmentsaidonSaturdaythatithadtochangeandletmoreforeignwo
rkersintohelptheeconomy.Itsaid:"IfJapansimplycontinuedalongthe
samepath,wewouldfindourselvesinaverydifficultsituation."Thegove
rnmentwillmakesureforeignworkerscanquicklyadjusttolifeincitiesan
dtowns.Itsaid:"Wewanttoensuretheyhavetherightenvironmentinw
hichtoliveandwork."Japanesepeoplearehavingfewerchildren-only1.
4childrenperwoman.Thisshouldbe2.1forJapantohaveenoughworker
s.Japan'spopulationisalreadydroppingeveryyear.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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