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More Myanmar workers hired by smaller Japanese companies

Factories outside big cities expect to keep such employees on long-term

Toru Matsuki, left, president of M.Tech, sits with four Myanmar workers employed at the company. (Photo by Yukihiro Takefuta)

MITO, Japan -- Small and midsize companies located outside big cities in Japan are now hiring young workers from Myanmar as full-time employees.

M.Tech, a precision component processor in the city of Hitachinaka in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, hired two male Myanmar workers in January. One of them, Ye Minn Nyein, 25, who has previously worked with Japanese people, said of his experience so far: "My neighbors here are friendly, as they always say hello to me. They also follow the rules."

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