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Asia Insight

Japan inches toward easing foreign workers' culture shock

Newcomers still face labor, lifestyle and language stumbling blocks

YUKI NAKAMURA and SHIORI GOSO, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- From the fourth to seventh centuries, immigrants to Japan from the Korean Peninsula and mainland China brought the skills to craft clay pots, produce armor and even establish a legal system. Now, foreign newcomers "are having the greatest impact since that time, entering every corner of local communities," as Waseda University professor Fumio Tanaka put it.

But are the communities ready for them?

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