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Japan has come up with new residence protocols in order to bring in more migrant workers and alleviate its labor shortage problem.

Last week, the Japanese government handed a bill to the Lower House that will alter the immigration regulations, Japan Times reported.

The bill is set to take in more foreign workers by formulating two types of residence status.

Type 1 status will be given to workers with experience in 14 industries such as hotel management, agriculture and Food & Beverages.

For Type 2, highly skilled applicants in sectors such as vehicle maintenance and construction will be selected.

While most stakeholders, such as shipbuilders and hotel operators are welcoming to the new bill, some have called on people to exercise caution.

Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA-Zenchu) Toru Nakaya said public security is a concern and it is essential to make the working environment accommodating for foreign workers.

At the moment, Japanese companies have been taking in foreign workers under the technical intern training module.

However, the module has been reported to be deeply flawed, with employers often seen exploiting interns with long working hours, as well as docking their pay.