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Japan in 2018 produced 29,000 graduates who had majored in natural science, mathematics and statistics, a 10th the number in the U.S.

Japan races to hire 270,000 artificial intelligence engineers

Nation has 4th largest number of IT workers but in wrong disciplines

KOSUKE TOSHI, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Already behind other countries in nurturing the IT professionals indispensable to a digital transformation, Japan in 2030 is expected to have 270,000 artificial intelligence and Internet of Things jobs that it will be unable to fill.

With few graduates holding STEM degrees -- those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- Japan sees gloom in its future and the need to invest more in human resources.

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