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Seven-Eleven Japan to school Vietnamese interns in the way of the 'conbini'

Convenience store leader offering one-year paid stints in Tokyo area

A Seven-Eleven store in Tokyo. The company is having a hard time recruiting clerks, much like businesses in other industries.

TOKYO -- Seven-Eleven Japan will employ Vietnamese university students as interns at convenience stores in Japan starting in mid-2018, the Seven & i Holdings unit announced Thursday.

The convenience store operator has partnered with six universities in Vietnam, including the University of Languages and International Studies of Vietnam National University in Hanoi, and plans to take two or three students from each institution initially, for a total of up to 20 interns.

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