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Shipbuilding training back on the rise in Japan

High-school courses are fostering young workers with strong technical skills, while also creating employment

About 270,000 people were employed in Japan's domestic shipbuilding industry in 1975, but that figure is at about 80,000 at the moment. Now the industry is having trouble finding workers.

Imabari, Japan

AN INCREASING number of high schools in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions have launched courses aimed at supplying the local shipbuilding industry with skilled workers.

Although the shipbuilding industry - long a pillar of these regions' economies - has been recovering...

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