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Multinationals woo Japan's foreign students amid labor crunch

Lack of language skills hinders hiring despite government support

Japan is attracting hundreds of thousands of students from overseas, but many have trouble finding work in the country after graduation. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Multinationals in Japan desperate for young talent are increasingly turning to non-Japanese students to fill the gaps in their payrolls.

Years of low birth rates coupled with a stringent immigration policy and steady if slight economic growth have left Japan with a tight labor market that even well-known domestic companies are struggling to overcome.

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