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The number of foreign students who changed their visa status to work in Japan after graduating from universities or vocational schools hit a record high in 2018, immigration authorities said Wednesday, amid a chronic manpower shortage in the nation.

A total of 25,942 students switched their status of residence last year to one that permits employment in Japan, up 3,523 from a year earlier, according to the Immigration Services Agency.

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