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Japan immigration

Foreign graduates to gain wider job options in Japan

Proposed new residency rules allow work outside their field of study

A international exchange student in Japan attends a career fair in Tokyo. Foreign graduates are restricted from working in fields outside their area of study, preventing many from staying in the country. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan will open up a wider path to residency status for international students as soon as next spring, allowing them to work in any field after graduation as long as they clear an annual income threshold of 3 million yen ($26,900).

The move comes amid a worsening labor shortage that has seen Japan relax other immigration rules to attract and retain talent.

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