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Rhetoric and reality of Japan's skilled labor dilemma

Foreign graduate numbers rising, but practical and cultural hurdles remain high

An Indian student interviewed by a Japanese company's recruiting staff at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, India

TOKYO -- "Who says Japan is not open to immigrants? Anyone with a B.A. (degree) can get a job here," said Yohei Shibasaki, CEO of Fourth Valley Concierge Corp, a leading headhunting firm headquartered in Tokyo that recruits from 130 countries.

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