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Japan immigration

Japan Inc. rushes to hire overseas talent as border reopens

Concerns arise over another COVID wave and higher costs

Rakuten Group hopes that it will become easier to hire foreign talent as Japan opens up to business travel again. (File photo by Yukinori Okamura)

TOKYO -- As Japan takes steps to reopen borders for business travelers and students, a number of companies are taking the opportunity to ramp up recruitment of foreign talent amid a shrinking labor force.

Messaging app provider Line is gradually resuming midcareer recruitment from overseas while also looking to hire fresh graduates from India and the U.S. "We are making preparations to resume new graduate recruitment starting from our summer internship program in 2022," a spokesperson for the company said.

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