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Filipino housekeepers' Japan dream

With 400 hours of training under their aprons, they are ready to clean

A Filipino housekeeper trains in a Japanese-style room in Manila. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

MANILA/TOKYO -- Beside a table with a teapot, teacups and chopsticks, Rovie Ebanculla vacuums a tatami mat while another female colleague cleans an elaborate toilet bowl, the kind that have made their way into many Japanese homes.

Both are in the Philippines, in a simulated room inside the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, to be exact. But they hope to land housekeeping jobs in Kanagawa Prefecture, next to Tokyo, within weeks.

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