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Help wanted: Japan creates need for Vietnamese interpreters

Bringing in foreigners to solve labor crunch opens another void

The Osaka International House Foundation in the city of Osaka is finding it difficult to keep up with the demand for Vietnamese-Japanese translators.

OSAKA -- Phan Bich Chi, a 30-year-old Vietnamese staffer at the Osaka International House Foundation, can't catch a break, literally. There are days when the phone calls never cease for the Vietnamese-Japanese interpreter.

"We have become much busier since this spring," she said. "From time to time, I keep speaking over the phone throughout my eight-hour workday."

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