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Disruption to the inbound flow of foreign trainees caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has created labor shortages in the nation’s agricultural sector, and led farmers to turn to workers from the tourism industry as a stopgap measure.

Motoyoshi Hashizume was stunned when he heard this month that Japan would ban the entry of foreigners from more than 70 countries and regions, in a bid to contain the spread of the pneumonia-causing virus.

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