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Hope and concern greet first foreign housekeepers in Japan

Companies and workers are ready and eager, but are Japanese households?

Geisha chat with maids in a rural Japanese town, circa 1943. Today, companies in Japan are trying to introduce domestic help from overseas.   © Getty Images

OSAKA -- Japan's housekeeping service operators are finally ready to send their first foreign workers into Japanese homes. These skilled housekeepers are expected to satisfy the growing demand for domestic services as the nation's population ages and more women continue working after marriage.

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