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Now hiring: sushi chefs lured out of Japan by higher wages

Growing popularity of Japanese food pushes restaurant job offers up drastically

Sushi Oribe Master chef Naoya Kawasaki says chefs are asked to "be more entertaining" in Malaysia. (Photo courtesy of Sushi Oribe)

TOKYO -- One of Japan's most sought-after exports these days is its sushi chefs. As diners the world over take to Japanese cuisine, the demand for locally trained chefs has surged.

Wealthy foreigners keen on Japanese food who have not been able to travel to the country because of the COVID-19 pandemic have been the driving force behind restaurants' quest to hire well-trained sushi chefs. Those with foreign language abilities are often headhunted with lucrative wages.

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