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Japan to help foreign students start businesses

Government considers residency option to retain promising graduates

Just a third of the 26,000 foreign students who graduated from Japanese schools in fiscal year 2016 stayed in the country to work.

TOKYO -- Foreign students who hope to work or start a business in Japan after graduation are likely to receive help from the government in the form of expanded residency options.

Budding entrepreneurs currently cannot get resident status in Japan while in the preparatory stage of launching a business, except in certain special zones or with heavy documentation from their Japanese school. Now the government aims to change that.

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