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Japan's fashion industry turns to foreigners amid labor shortage

Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing positions overseas hires to drive expansion abroad

Uniqlo's parent Fast Retailing and other retailers are adjusting their hiring practices to take full advantage of increased tourism to Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's fashion retailers are increasingly turning to foreign nationals in an effort to capture demand from rising numbers of inbound tourists, with many being positioned as senior employee candidates that can support future overseas expansion.

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