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Japan is changing its policy because it needs workers. Japan is an aging . This means it does not have enough workers to work in many jobs. Japan's government has decided to allow many workers from countries into the country to help fill the . Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his will meet on December 28 to approve the . If the plan is approved, it will become on April 1. The new law would allow up to 345,000 workers to help with labor shortages. Many of these workers will work in the construction, fishing, healthcare and industries. They will be largely low- workers and will need to pass a Japanese language test.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Saturday that Japan had to change and allow more foreign workers in to help the . He said: "If Japan continued along the same , we would find ourselves in a very difficult ." He also said the government would make the foreign workers can quickly adjust to life in Japanese cities and towns. He said: "We want to ensure they have the environment in which to live and work." Japanese people are having children. The fertility rate is now only 1.4 children per woman. The rate should be 2.1 for Japan to have Japanese workers. Japan's population is dropping by about 400,000 people a year.

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