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Japan's Abe eyes workaround for addressing labor shortage

Prime minister sidesteps immigration debate and focuses on human resources

There is a shortage of spa therapists at resorts in Okinawa Prefecture due to Japan's declining population.

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeated his assertion that the government will not implement an immigration policy, reflecting a cautious stance over a controversial issue in Japan. 

Conservatives in the country are among the opponents of such a policy. 

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