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Japan immigration

Japanese restaurants lean on foreigners for growth

Obtaining work visas remains a stumbling block in promoting part-timers

A full-time Vietnamese employee at Ten Allied leads training for foreign part-time staff. Foreigners increasingly are hired for their talent rather than as a substitute for Japanese workers. (Photo by Ryosuke Eguchi)

TOKYO -- As Japan's shrinking population drains both growth prospects and the worker pool at home, local restaurant chains rely on foreigners not only for labor, but also as a source of talent for expansion abroad.

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