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A day in the life of a foreign housekeeper in Japan

One year after visa rules were relaxed, Filipina seizes her opportunity

Marianne Culaniban of the Philippines, who came to Japan a year ago, says she enjoys her work as a housekeeper but wishes she could stay longer than her three-year visa allows. (Photo by Yoichi Iwata)

TOKYO -- At 7:50 a.m. on a recent morning, Marianne Culaniban, a housekeeper from the Philippines, leaves the house she shares with around 20 fellow Filipinos on the northern edge of greater Tokyo.

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