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Dozens of cities and towns with large numbers of foreign residents called on the central government Wednesday for help in protecting their jobs and supporting them amid the rapidly crumbling labor environment.

In an emergency request submitted to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry and the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, 26 local governments pointed to the steep rise in unemployment among foreigners as Japanese companies accelerate termination of nonregular workers to deal with the global economic slump.

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