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Japan immigration

Digital Storytelling: Foreign workers chase an elusive dream in Japan

Nursing homes, fishing boats and farms need help, but COVID-19 is a roadblock

From left, Jeremie Cruz from the Philippines, Sutriyo from Indonesia and Ghising Govinda from Nepal. (Source photos by Hirofumi Yamamoto, Taro Yokosawa, Masayuki Terazawa)

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TOKYO -- With the creation of the specified skilled worker residency status in April 2019, Japan has taken its first steps toward opening the country to foreign talent. But many trainees in the Technical Intern Training Program have been unable to come to Japan because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has, in turn, highlighted many Japanese industries' dependence on foreign nationals. Nikkei examines the challenges facing people who have come to Japan in search of opportunity, and those still waiting for their chance.

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