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Japan should improve record on trafficking before taking G-7 helm

Country trails peers due to problems with foreign intern trainee programs

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Intern trainees from Vietnam work at a construction site in Tokyo: Japan's construction industry relies significantly on foreign workers. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

Nancy Snow is distinguished visiting professor of strategic communications at Schwarzman College of Tsinghua University and the author of "The Mystery of Japan's Information Power." (Bunshindo)

The sluggish reopening of Japan's borders is causing complications for domestic industries such as construction which rely significantly on foreign workers who enter the country as intern trainees.

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