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

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Saturday that Japan had to [changing / change] and allow more foreign workers in to help the economy. He said: "If Japan [simple / simply] continued along the same path, we would find [ourselves / yourselves] in a very difficult situation." He also said the government would [make / take] sure the foreign workers can [quickly / quick] adjust to life in smaller Japanese cities and [town / towns] . He said: "We want to ensure they have the [left / right] environment in which to live and work." Japanese people are [having / doing] fewer children. The fertility rate is now only 1.4 children per woman. The rate should [have / be] 2.1 for Japan to have enough Japanese workers. Japan's population is already [drop / dropping] by about 400,000 people a year.

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