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Japan gets ready to welcome foreign housekeepers

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A Filipina domestic helper in Singapore.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to build a society in which 100 million Japanese can happily live and work. The government plans to take a step in this direction by next March by letting people from foreign countries into Japan to help with the housekeeping.

These domestic helpers will first be allowed to take jobs in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, and other "strategic special zones" designated by the government.

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