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Japan immigration

Japan cries 'Help wanted,' but few foreigners heed the call

Just 376 new work visas approved out of first-year goal of 40,000

Filipinos took examinations at a college in Manila this April to qualify for Japan's specified skilled worker visa.   © Kyodo

TOKYO/MANILA -- Half a year after Japan launched a new work visa to fill spots in labor-short industries, not even 400 applicants have been approved, underscoring the challenges faced by the country in recruiting workers from abroad.

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