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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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