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Japan immigration

Tokyo keen to draw foreign workers to rural Japan

Labor badly needed in construction, hospitality and nursing care

Local governments and job-placement offices will help small and midsize companies hire foreign workers.

TOKYO -- Japan is bringing in more foreign workers to help address a labor shortage, and the government wants to make sure Tokyo and other major cities are not the only places that benefit from the additional manpower.

The government has introduced a policy package aimed at getting an expected wave of foreign workers to understaffed businesses in rural areas. Japan plans to accept 340,000 workers from overseas over five years under a new visa program.

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