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Lack of skills and labor hurts Japan's infrastructure exports

Mitsui E&S and Chiyoda brace for huge losses on overseas projects

A Mitsui E&S-built ethylene plant in the U.S. The Trump administration's harsh immigration policies have squeezed migrant labor there, hurting Japanese builders.
A Mitsui E&S-built ethylene plant in the U.S. The Trump administration's harsh immigration policies have squeezed migrant labor there, hurting Japanese builders.

TOKYO -- Japanese engineering companies have been hit by losses on overseas infrastructure projects as shortages in technical skills and labor cause costly delays and defects.

With the domestic market shrinking, Japanese companies are looking overseas for growth. But the recent series of loss-laden endeavors could undermine trust in the quality of their work.

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