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Language is main barrier to foreigners wanting to work in Japan

Corporations are reminded that 'global company' is more than a buzz phrase

Rakuten, a Japanese e-commerce platform operator, has adopted English as its official language. (Photo by Yukinori Okamura)

TOKYO -- Although foreigners make up a small portion of Japan's total workforce, their numbers have been surging in recent years.

What goes into a decision to work in Japan, a country that presents significant barriers? The Nikkei Asian Review asked readers to tweet their thoughts on the matter. When asked, "What is the most significant hurdle to working in Japan as a foreign national," 52% cited language, 22% said obtaining a visa and 18% mentioned an uncertain career path.

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