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Vietnamese, other ASEAN workers sustain construction in Japan

As Japan's workforce shrinks mega building projects keep coming on line

Japan's construction industry and larger business community can enhance the country's relations with Southeast Asia by better utilizing their foreign worker assets.

TOKYO -- Construction projects in Japan are experiencing delays as municipalities face a shortage of foreign workers due to strict border controls imposed by the government in response to COVID-19.

For Japan's construction industry, which has been plagued by a chronic labor shortage, foreign workers are playing increasingly important roles. In some specialized jobs such as working with reinforced steel, foreigners account for more than 10% of the workforce.

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