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Japan woos 50,000 skilled Asian professionals in talent war

New initiative also aims to strengthen supply chains in auto parts and more

Researchers conduct an experiment at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Demand for highly skilled professionals is heating up among fast-growing members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese employers will offer job opportunities to 50,000 highly skilled Asian professionals in digital technology and other in-demand fields under a government initiative announced Monday.

Competition for talent is only heating up across the continent, particularly in the fast-growing members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The Asia-Japan Investing for the Future Initiative is designed to help Japanese companies secure the workers they need to better compete in booming business areas.

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