After two failed attempts, the lower house of the Diet on Friday passed a bill designed to encourage temporary workers to get full-time jobs.
The passage of the bill, which now goes to the upper house for ratification, is a victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
The largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) boycotted the vote.
Last Friday, lawmakers scuffled in the Diet during deliberations over the bill which is expected to go into force Sept 1 after the upper house OKs it.
Under the bill, a three-year limit will be imposed on the use of all temporary workers in one position through staffing agencies, and employers will be urged to hire them as full-time employees.
But opposition parties have fiercely opposed the bill, claiming temporary workers would simply lose their jobs and employers would be allowed to easily swap temporary workers every three years, rather than hiring them full-time.© Japan Today/AFP