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Econically Challenged Japan Pays Foreign Workers to Go Home and then asks them to WHAT?

Officials in Hamamatsu, an industrial town in central Japan, describe the plan to encourage Latin workers, who are descendants of Japanese emigrants, to return

Rita Yamaoka, a mother of three who immigrated from , recently her factory here. Now, Japan has made her an offer she might not be able to refuse. The government will pay thousand s of dollars to fly Mrs. Yamaoka; her husband , who is a Brazilian citizen of Japanese descent; and their back to Brazil. But in exchange, Mrs. Yamaoka and her husband must agree never to seek to in Japan .

Å“I feel immense stress. Iâ„¢ve been crying very often,  Mrs. Yamaoka, 38, said after a meeting where local officials detailed the offer in this industrial town in central Japan. Å“I my husband that we should take the money and back,  she said, her eyes teary. Å“We canâ„¢t afford to stay here much longer.  Japanâ„¢s offer, extended to hundreds of thousand s of blue-collar Latin American immigrants, is part of a new drive to encourage them to leave this recession-racked country. So far, at least 100 workers and their families have agreed to leave, Japanese officials said. But critics denounce the program as shortsighted, inhumane and a threat to what little progress Japan has made in opening its economy to foreign workers.

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