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Japan gives clarity on which international grads can stay -- and which can't

Restaurants can hire to expand abroad but not to cook, Tokyo says

International students attend a job fair in Tokyo. The new guidelines are meant to inform companies looking to hire such talent.

TOKYO -- International students graduating in Japan could find it easier to launch their careers here if they fit into one of the categories spelled out in upcoming guidelines, which include jobs with a focus on international expansion in dining and apparel.

The greater clarity on what types of workers would qualify for residency is meant to help domestic businesses hire more foreign-born talent straight out of Japanese schools. These individuals could also help promote tourism in Japan and support the Cool Japan soft-power initiative. 

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