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Ex-Japan diplomat helps South Korean job seekers find their feet

Ko Nishiyama has 'no regrets' pursuing dream of building bridges in Asia

Ko Nishimama, center, founder of job-placement service Shangri-La, says the "bandwagon jumpers have been weeded out," leaving only serious foreign students to apply for jobs in Japan.

SEOUL -- Ko Nishiyama, a former Japanese diplomat, has left government service, but not the international arena. These days, he is in South Korea pursuing a longtime dream of connecting young Asian job seekers to Japanese companies starved for talent.

In late 2017, Nishiyama was in Shanghai, training at the Japanese Foreign Ministry's China School, wondering whether he should press on with his diplomatic career.

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