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Immigration is the best solution for Japan's population woes

Country has distinct advantages in global competition for human resources

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Filipina technical interns at a Starlite car parts factory in Hiroshima prefecture: Japan can no longer operate without foreign workers.   © Reuters

Hisao Tateishi is chief executive of Tokyo-based corporate turnaround firm Next Capital Partners.

At last count, Japan had a population of 125.1 million. This is little changed from the 124 million the country had in 1991, the year when its bubble economy burst.

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