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Japan immigration

Japan's small cities to draw foreign talent with fast-track residency

Talent matching localities' needs to receive preferential treatment

A Bangladeshi man works at an office in central Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Japan will make it easier to bring in talented foreign workers to regions outside the metropolitan areas by offering a fast-track path to permanent residency.

The government will revise a point system that grades individuals based on annual income, educational backgrounds and job experience. Those with high scores receive preferential treatment.

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