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Japan Ranked Last Choice in Asia for Top Foreign Talent

World’s ‘fastest path’ to permanent residency not enough
University students walk through a job fair in Tokyo.

University students walk through a job fair in Tokyo.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi
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There’s bad news for Japan as it seeks the talent it needs to compete in the global economy with an aging, shrinking population.

Japan ranks last among 11 Asian nations in appeal to highly skilled foreigners, behind countries including Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, according to the 2017 IMD World Talent Ranking released on Monday. Worldwide, Japan ranked 51st among 63 nations. Singapore ranked first in Asia, with Hong Kong second.