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Economy

As Japan looks for river of foreign talent, landlords erect a dam

Discrimination could hinder companies hiring more from overseas

A real estate agency in Tokyo's Shin-Okubo district displays apartment listings, many with notes welcoming foreign tenants. (Photo by Tsubasa Suruga)

TOKYO -- Samith Hilmy, a 26-year-old student from Sri Lanka, was waiting anxiously at a real estate office in Tokyo as an agent went through the procedure of ringing the Japanese landlord of an apartment the student was interested in renting.

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