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Japan to Rate Immigrants With Point-Based System, Mainichi Says

posted Jan 12, 2012, 9:44 AM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 9:44 AM ]
December 29, 2011, 6:33 AM EST BusinessWeek
By Aki Ito

Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Japan will begin rating some foreign immigrants with a point system next year that gives visa preference to those with higher education and skill levels, the Mainichi newspaper reported.

The program may begin as early as next spring and aims to to attract as many as 2,000 workers, the Mainichi said today, citing the Justice Ministry. The rankings will work similar to those in Canada and the U.K., the newspaper said.

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