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Japanese companies turn Filipino workers into overseas leaders

Tsuneishi Heavy Industries, a unit of Japan's Tsuneishi Holdings, construct a large vessel at its factory in Cebu in March 2013.

MANILA -- The Philippines has long provided the Western world with highly skilled and motivated workers, especially in such fields as nursing, domestic help and back-office services. Now, Japanese companies are tapping into the potential of Filipino engineers and technicians.

     A growing number of Japanese manufacturers are setting up "mother factories" in the Philippines and dispatching Filipino engineers to work as leaders in other parts of the world. Mother factories are responsible for product design and for standardizing production specifications and conditions.

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