Japan's immigration authorities will step up checks on illegal employment of foreign workers by compiling a database of businesses and schools that have sponsored their visas, according to governmet officials.
The government intends to consider allowing entry by businesspeople as well as medical professionals, teachers and others who are qualified for medium or long-term stays.
Japan is finalizing new supervisory measures that will allow foreign nationals applying for refugee status and expected to be in detention for more than six months to be released and have a social life, according to immigration officials.
Japan has begun preparing to allow long-term foreign residents to return to the country in September.
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