One-stop center for foreign workers in Tokyo

The Japanese government has approved measures to assist an increasing number of foreign workers, including setting up a one-stop administrative office in Tokyo.

Relevant Cabinet ministers met to discuss such measures on Tuesday.

The one-stop office, which contains a public job placement center and a bureau of the Immigration Services Agency, will be opened in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward in the next fiscal year starting in next April.

The meeting also decided to implement measures to alleviate the concentration of foreign workers in urban areas, where wages are relatively high, and let workers head for rural areas to help address regional labor shortages.

Local governments and public job placement centers will be encouraged to coordinate their efforts in helping foreign workers find jobs at small and midsize firms outside urban areas.