Japan needs women, elderly to boost workforce-govt


07-23-2005, 11:43 AM

Japan needs to get more women, young people and the elderly into the workforce as the country’s population declines, rather than rely on immigrants, the government’s annual white paper on labor said on Friday.

While attracting skilled workers from around the world could energize the economy, importing unskilled labor would have long-term consequences for social security, crime prevention and economic competitiveness, the report said.

“It is not appropriate to import foreign workers as a remedy for a labor shortage. What is important is to improve the labor environment to let domestic workers fulfill their potential,” the white paper said.

Reuters (http://today.reuters.com/business/newsarticle.aspx?type=reutersEdge&storyID=2005-07-22T040704Z_01_N22586608_RTRIDST_0_PICKS-ECONOMY-JAPAN-LABOUR-DC.XML)

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