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Economy

Japan's plunging population adds urgency to immigration talk

Decline in total numbers slowed only by influx of foreign residents

Many part-timers at Ten Allied's restaurants are Vietnamese, a population the pub operator is increasingly courting with language and other types of support.

TOKYO -- Japan's population fell for the seventh straight year in 2017, with the native population dropping at a record pace, while the influx of foreign residents forestalled an even steeper decline.

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