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Now hiring: Foreign engineers to beat tech labor crunch

Japan's temp agencies turning abroad for skilled talent

More Japanese companies are catering to foreign workers.

TOKYO -- Japan's staffing firms are stocking up on foreign engineers to meet burgeoning demand in cutting-edge technical fields as a shortage of qualified Japanese workers deepens.

Domestic staffing agencies commonly employ foreign engineers full-time to dispatch to other companies as needed. This year, Temp Holdings plans to bring on experts in information technology, in addition to the mechanical and electrical engineers hired previously. The plan is to take on 50 recruits in fiscal 2017, raising the total to around 130. Interviews will be held mainly in seven Asian nations and regions, including Vietnam and mainland China.

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