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Foreign students in Japan shy from local employers on language fears

Non-Japanese companies favored after COVID takes toll on social engagement

Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto holds an event welcoming foreign students. Tough language requirements appear to be discouraging foreign students from seeking jobs with Japanese companies.

TOKYO -- More international students studying in Japan want to work at foreign companies here than at homegrown ones, with many doubting their own language skills since coronavirus restrictions severely curtailed social interactions.

Only 42% of undergraduates and graduate students from overseas wanted to find employment at Japanese companies in Japan in a July survey by job information provider Disco -- down 9 percentage points on the year.

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