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Japan opens door wider to descendants of past emigration

Visa rules will be eased for fourth-generation workers from diaspora

A Brazilian girl of Japanese descent performs during the Festival of Japan in Sao Paulo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will let young descendants of Japanese nationals who emigrated abroad work in the country if they meet certain language and other requirements, the Ministry of Justice said Monday.

The new program will be open to fourth-generation ethnic Japanese ages 18 to 30. To qualify, applicants must speak basic Japanese and have a sponsor, such as a family member or employer, to handle the immigration paperwork and provide support. Those accepted will receive "designated activities" visas letting them live and work in Japan for up to five years.

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