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Japan's Abe must sell immigration to a skeptical nation

Prime minister should use 2020 Olympics to promote benefits of foreign workers

| Japan
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs to sell his new labor policy well if he is to convince skeptical Japanese to accept more foreign workers.   © Reuters

There is one thing that boosters and critics of Shinzo Abe's plan to remake the Japanese economy can agree on: The man is a great talker.

Structural reforms to hone competitiveness have been slow going, even glacial. The Big Bang investors desire has yet to materialize. But five years of flooding markets with liquidity have given the prime minister enough economic maneuvering space to claim some success. Growing excitement over the 2020 Olympics will help further the idea that the economy is becoming more modern. Abe has every opportunity to keep talking.

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