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Japan immigration

Support services spring up for Japan's foreign workers

Placement agencies arrange housing and language courses for newcomers

Nepalese trainees have lunch at a factory in Osaka: New services are helping foreign workers make the transition to life in Japan. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Support services for foreign nationals staying in Japan under the Technical Intern Training Program are proliferating as companies grapple with an increasingly acute labor shortage.

Agencies specializing in arranging housing, providing Japanese language lessons and offering other services to trainees are springing up to help. They typically charge around 30,000 yen ($264) a month per trainee.

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