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Japan immigration

Japan dangles 2-year visas for aspiring student entrepreneurs

In hunt for foreign talent, Tokyo provides grace period to get startups going

University students in Japan celebrate before going on job searches. Tokyo will allow a two-year window to foreign graduates wishing to build a new business.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will offer a visa lasting up to two years for graduating university students who plan to start a business in the country, in an effort to attract more ambitious and talented individuals.

To qualify for the transitional status, foreign students need to graduate from one of roughly 40 universities including the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University and receive a recommendation from their schools based on their resumes and business plans.

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