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Prior to the 1990s, most people in Japan probably knew little more about India than it was the home of curry, snake-charmers and the Taj Mahal.

Nowadays, though, it’s as if the two countries are moving ever-closer together — and not just because there are a lot more Indian restaurants around. Over the past five years in particular, there has been an influx of IT engineers from India arriving to fill a huge skills gap in Japan’s software industry — and in the process helping this country to remain globally competitive despite its rapidly shrinking and aging workforce.

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