Macau | Melco reliant on change in Japan's immigration bill for IR license bid - Media

Lawrence Ho Yau Lung, CEO of Melco Resorts and Entertainment told Nikkei Asian Review that his company initially intends to hire 10,000 to 20,000 people mostly foreigners, for its planned integrated resort bid

Macau (MNA) – Lawrence Ho Yau Lung, CEO of Melco Resorts and Entertainment told Nikkei Asian Review that his company intends to hire 10,000 to 20,000 people for its planned integrated resort bid, expecting that in the initial period, a majority of staff will be foreign.

In the article, Mr. Ho said this would be reliant on a new immigration law that is expected to be enacted by December 10, which is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reform package which includes labour immigration.

This new law which has proven to be controversial with the opposition, will allow foreign workers in 14 industries inclusive of hotels, restaurants and construction.

“The bulk of employees will be Japanese [eventually]. But at the same time it is unrealistic to say so from the beginning, as the industry does not still exist in Japan,” Mr. Ho was quoted as saying to the Japanese business magazine.

The immigration bill was passed by Japan’s lower house on November 27, and will allow blue-collar workers to apply for permanent residency.

Japan has been facing the issue of an aging population, which has led to the government to depart from the country’s traditional immigration policy of policy of accepting limited numbers of foreign workers with specialised skills.

Legislators in Japan’s lower house passed an integrated resort (IR) implementation bill in July of this year.

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