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Japan's elder care schools struggle with new visa rules

New immigration law sees colleges rush to handle surge in international students

This year, Vietnamese students accounted for more than half the international contingent starting at elder care colleges in Japan.

TOKYO -- The makeup of the classroom at Japan Welfare Education College in Tokyo has changed dramatically in just a couple of years.

In over 30 years of operating, barely a single international student walked through the door. This year, nearly one in six first-year students in the elder care department come from abroad -- from China, South Korea and Vietnam.

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