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Noah Smith

Japan Wants Immigrants. The Feeling Isn't Mutual.

Skilled workers rank Japan as the last place in Asia where they'd want to live and work.
So, Japan.

So, Japan.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images

Even as the Donald Trump administration tries to think up ways to keep talented foreigners out of the U.S., Japan is trying to lure them in. But it’s having trouble getting them to come.

A lot of people think of Japan as an insular country, but that isn’t actually true. The number of foreigners living in Japan has risen a lot in recent years: