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The Japan International Cooperation Agency and Kumamoto Prefecture will launch a project next year to train young Japanese to help the prefecture handle its ever-growing population of foreign workers.

The project will enlist those who volunteered for the state-backed aid program in the past to provide technical assistance in developing countries, and organizers hope they will contribute to revitalizing Kumamoto’s economy and creating better conditions for building a more diverse society, JICA officials said in a recent interview.

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