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A Taiwanese student, right, practices serving customers at a Lawson convenience store in Tokyo. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)
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Part-time saviors: Foreign students help plug Japan's labor gap

Convenience stores and delivery companies are among the biggest beneficiaries

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writer | China

TOKYO -- If you shop at any one of Tokyo's 7,000 or so convenience stores, chances are you will be served by foreign students -- most likely from China, Vietnam or Nepal.

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