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Ready for Japan: Foreign workers can prove skills with test

Questions include ways to take out garbage and social etiquette

Foreign students take a nursing care training session in Tokyo. The new test will assess job seekers' basic skills, such as Japanese language ability. (Photo by Koji Uema)

TOKYO -- As Japan continues to grapple with its labor shortage, students and other foreign individuals eager to work in the country will have a chance to prove their fitness through a private-sector exam to be made available in September.

The exam will assess job seekers' basic skills, such as Japanese language ability, social etiquette and workplace communication, and is expected to make it easier for employers to discover suitable non-Japanese talent.

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