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For the past three years, Fika Sulistyani’s morning routine has consisted of either gutting or filleting fish at a seafood processing factory in Miyagi Prefecture.

The Indonesia native is among about 350 foreign nationals who have been brought to the coastal city of Shiogama under a government-sponsored technical trainee program as one of the region’s core industries deals with the losses caused by the devastating tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.

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