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Japan immigration

Japan to require four times more foreign workers, study says

Aid agency JICA estimates 6.74m foreign laborers will be needed in 2040

Foreign workers in Osaka. Japan will need to seek workers from countries like Cambodia and Myanmar as countries like Thailand and Indonesia gain economic power. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan will need 6.74 million foreign workers in 2040, four times more than it has today, a study by the country's aid agency shows.

The study, released on Thursday by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, also demonstrates that the country will have trouble attracting so many foreign workers as the Southeast Asian nations that many workers now hail from are expected to have to deal with aging and declining populations of their own.

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