Japan in need for foreign farmers

800px Old Japanese Farm House Museum MiyazakiOld Japanese farm houses such as this may be increasingly vacant due to labour shortages. (Image source: hashi photo/commons)Japanese government will begin discussions to attract farmers from other countries due to serious labour shortage in the argicultural sector

A report from Asia Nikkei has stated that a special government programme would accept workers that meet a criteria in the agricultural sector would be allowed to work in specially selected strategic zones where restrictions on foreign labour can be relaxed. 

Initial reports from the government have suggested that these agricultural experts would be paid equally or higher than their Japanese counterparts. 

The Japanese government's efforts have been largely focused, to date, on the urban areas. The government is now looking to broaden their economic success and use this policy in rural areas, which recently, have suffered from a poor economic record. 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will chair a meeting a council meeting for national strategic special zones which could take many months to complete. However, it may take less time as several local governments have already submitted proposals to the working group. 

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