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Japan's Richest Village Can't Find Workers for Its Factory

  • Shrinking and aging population making it hard to expand
  • No-one interested in moving to area in the extreme north
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Sarufutsu village in the far north of Japan’s northernmost island is the nation’s richest village, thanks to a bounty of scallops pulled from the Sea of Okhotsk.

The village -- which is closer to the Russian island of Sakhalin than Tokyo -- boasts some of the highest average incomes of any town in Japan, thanks to the earnings of some of the fishermen. But the new scallop factory isn’t running at full capacity because it can’t get enough workers for lower paying but important jobs.