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Hire foreigners with Japanese roots to ease labor woes: Lobby chief

Japan Business Federation head sees inevitable need for more workers from abroad

TOKYO -- The head of Japan's biggest business lobby on Monday offered a potential solution to the country's deepening labor shortage: inviting "foreign nationals of Japanese descent" to work in the country.

Sadayuki Sakakibara, the chairman of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, made the remark at an afternoon news conference. The shortfall in workers "will become even more serious" down the road, he said. "With the current number of foreign workers [in the country], we will need more."

He called on relevant parties to "mull the use of workers from overseas with a long-term perspective," citing the idea of bringing in ethnic-Japanese foreign nationals as one possibility. 


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