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Japan immigration

Japanese-Brazilians snub Tokyo's diaspora residency program

Effort to bring over young workers attracts zero applications in 3 months

Sao Paulo's Liberdade district is home to the largest Japanese community in Brazil.   © Kyodo

SAO PAULO -- Japan's new residency program for fourth-generation Japanese descendants living overseas did not attract a single Japanese-Brazilian applicant in its first three months.

The program, launched in July, allows descendants ranging in age from 18 to 30 to stay in Japan for up to five years and perform specific types of work. The goal is to ease Japan's labor shortage, and the Justice Ministry initially expected to accept 4,000 people a year. But the Japanese Embassy and consulates in Brazil had not received any applications as of the end of September.

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