Japan is finally facing up to its economic need for immigrants
COVID and global competition for skilled workers force change in stance
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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