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Japan's messy program keeps foreign housekeepers away

Short visas and wage issues hurt efforts by agencies looking to hire

Nichiigakkan trains their staff to cook Japanese food.

TOKYO -- Japanese housekeeping agencies have struggled to secure foreign workers since deploying them last year, with potential hires put off by comparatively short visas or drawn to the pay in other Asian markets.

Marianne Paragua Culaniban was hired by the agency Bears and came to Japan in June 2017, starting to work in October after receiving training. The Filipina employee said she came to Japan after hearing she could work in the country she always wanted to be in.

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