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Rugby World Cup

Japan's part-time wages surge on Rugby World Cup

Foreign-language speakers, souvenir sellers and guards in high demand

A Rugby World Cup guide greets fans from Wales who arrived at Tokyo's Haneda Airport Thursday. (Photo by Yoichi Iwata)

TOKYO -- Part-time workers supporting the Rugby World Cup are earning well above their usual rates thanks to the demand for extra manpower needed to deal with hundreds of thousands of tourists coming to the event, which kicked off here on Friday.

Foreign-language skills are highly sought to handle the influx. One international company in Tokyo is offering between 2,000 yen to 3,000 yen ($18.50 to $27.75) per hour for translators and interpreters.

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