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Japan's foreign work force hit by 'coronavirus cuts'

Many overseas workers left to struggle without safety nets

COVID-19 has compelled the Japanese authorities to provide financial assistance to foreign workers who normally would not qualify for help. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

OSAKA -- COVID-19 is throwing growing numbers of foreign workers in Japan out of work, and leaving many in financially precarious situations with no solution in sight. 

As the nation's factories throttle back because of slumping demand, many foreign workers have been told they are no longer needed and are on their own. They came to Japan to fill labor shortages, but assisting them has become a major economic issue. Most cannot yet return home, and there is nothing for them in Japan.

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