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Japan eyes shorter path to permanent residency -- for some

TOKYO -- The Japanese government aims to make it easier for highly skilled foreign professionals to obtain permanent resident status, hoping to boost economic growth by attracting more skilled researchers, engineers and managers.

     The rule change under consideration would affect only those staying in Japan on visas issued for highly skilled professionals, who can now apply for permanent residency after living here for five years. This wait would be shortened to less than three years.

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