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Japan is finally facing up to its economic need for immigrants

COVID and global competition for skilled workers force change in stance

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A Vietnamese woman works in a restaurant kitchen in Tokyo: Japan is considering expanding a program for workers with specific skills. (Photo by Mizuho Miyazaki)

Toshihiro Menju is managing director of the Japan Center for International Exchange, a foreign affairs institute in Tokyo.

The economic rebound from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen demand for workers revive forcefully in many countries around the world.

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