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Prof. Knut Woltjen of Kyoto University's Center for iPS Cell Research and Application.

Vying for elite workers, Japan searches for an edge

Lower-skilled foreign labor rising, but top professionals are hard to recruit

| Japan

TOKYO -- Even as globe-trotting professionals draw admiration and envy as engines of economic growth, Japan's efforts to draw in these highly skilled workers often fall flat.

New residency requirements put in place in 2012 to bring in the business elite have removed practical hurdles. But for this country to remain among the world's top innovators, more insidious linguistic and cultural barriers must be lowered as well.

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