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Japan sees steep population drop as pandemic keeps foreigners away

Entry restrictions slash foreign arrivals, leaving businesses short-handed

Japan's birth rate is expected to drop significantly this year, breaking 2019's record low. (Photo by Wataru Ito)

TOKYO -- Japan's population shrank by a record 420,000 people last year, government estimates show, as the coronavirus pandemic dealt a heavy blow to an influx of foreign workers that had helped offset the country's ongoing natural population decline.

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