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.
The trend highlights a reality that few Japanese policymakers mention in public -- that foreigners are rapidly emerging as a key component of Japan's tight labor market.
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