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Japan immigration

Japan to relax rules for startup visas, seeking foreign talent

Private companies will be able to check eligibility, speeding process

Japan is looking to make it easier for talented foreign workers to start a business in the country. (Photo by Azusa Kawakami)

TOKYO -- Japan aims to foster its startup market by relaxing rules for foreigners seeking startup visas, including by letting private companies handle part of the screening process.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will revise the rules as early as summer. Startup visas are intended for foreigners who expect to open a business in Japan within one year of arriving.

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