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Japan immigration

Nearly 70% of Japanese say more foreigners are 'good': survey

Nation grasps reality of labor crunch, but not all are happy with foreign faces

 Most respondents realized the need for more foreign workers, but not all welcome the change. (Photo by Kaori Yuzawa)

TOKYO -- Nearly 70% of Japanese think it is "good" to see an increase in the number of foreign people, both at work and in the community, a recent Nikkei survey found.

About 69% of respondents answered "good" in the annual survey, up three percentage points from last year's poll, while those saying "not good" dropped three points to 26%.

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