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Foreign students in Japan face grim job picture in COVID-19 era

Many have job offers pulled as struggling companies cut hiring

International students are having a harder time than their Japanese peers landing jobs amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Foreign students hoping to find work at Japanese companies are in a tough spot. Many employers have seen their business suffer during the novel coronavirus pandemic and have responded by cutting back on hiring.

The virus has upended many companies' plans to hire more foreign workers to make up for labor shortages and make their staffs more diverse.

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