A group of Mongolian students and foreign workers.

Japan needs immigrants, but do immigrants need Japan?

Updated 0123 GMT (0923 HKT) December 8, 2018

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Tokyo (CNN)One of the first concepts Linh Nguyen learned while studying Japanese was "uchi-soto."

It refers to the practice of categorizing people into one of two groups -- insiders or outsiders. Family, friends and close acquaintances are insiders, referred to as "uchi," while "soto" is for those relegated to the periphery.
Japan's new immigration law

A proposed amendment to the immigration law, if passed, will create two new visas for foreign workers.

The first, renewable for up to 5 years, would cover semi-qualified, blue-collar workers, and is aimed at plugging gaps in areas such as care-giving and manufacturing.

The second type, which would have no renewal limit, is aimed