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Tokyo wants experienced farmers to come to Japan

Shinzo Abe's government seeks to lift productivity in aging agricultural sector

Japan's farming population is shrinking as growers retire.

TOKYO -- Japan will begin accepting skilled agricultural workers from abroad in three special economic zones to alleviate a labor shortage and improve productivity as native farmers retire.

Foreigners already pick crops and perform other jobs on Japanese farms under the auspices of a government-approved technical training program. But unlike those farm hands, applicants seeking to work in the special zones will need to have at least a year of agricultural experience.

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