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Japan immigration

At a Tokyo lounge, jobless foreigners find shelter from the storm

Staffing agency provides pandemic-hit workers place to check job postings and eat bento

A job seeker is assisted at Tokyo placement center Gowell Town. (Photo by Hikariko Yazaki)

TOKYO -- The pandemic has been particularly harsh for foreign workers in Japan. Many lost their jobs when businesses shut down and have struggled to find new ones. 

One staffing agency in the capital has stepped up to provide support by freeing up its lounge. Since its opening in May, the space, called Gowell Town, has become a refuge of sort for unemployed foreigners seeking new job prospects or simply someone to talk to.

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