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Record number of foreigners working in Japan

Interns and students from Asia increasingly plugging labor shortage

Japan's government is keen to welcome specialized and technical workers but wary of unskilled labor.

TOKYO -- As more employers became desperate to fill vacant positions amid a severe labor crunch, the number of foreigners working in Japan soared 18% on the year to 1,278,670 as of the end of October.

The data in a report released Friday by the labor ministry translates to a fifth consecutive year of increases. It is also the highest number since the requirement for businesses to report on their foreign workers took effect in 2007.

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