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Japan immigration

On Japan's rough seas, Indonesian rookie fishermen dream big

Undermanned industry sends SOS as more guest workers seek richer shores

Pole and line fishermen on the Mitsumaru pull their catch aboard. The boat is one of many in Japan that relies on foreign trainees for labor. (All photos by Taro Yokosawa)

TOKYO -- "I've got one, bring me more bait!" a fisherman roared while pulling his catch aboard the Mitsumaru. Three rookies obliged, dodging the fish zipping past their faces like bullets.

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