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Japan immigration

Japan lures foreigners to local universities with visa incentive

More schools outside big cities will count toward high-skill residency status

A foreign student attends class at a university in Oita Prefecture. The government is moving to make it easier for graduates of regional schools to get work visas and remain in those areas. 

TOKYO -- Japan will make it easier for foreign graduates of regional universities to get visas as highly skilled professionals, a move designed to steer students toward rural areas badly in need of young talent.

The government will make certain regional universities eligible for a point-based visa program for highly skilled foreign workers, granting graduates of those schools points that count toward residency status. Currently only 13 top schools are part of this program, but the number will rise to more than 100 by March.

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