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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-06-09

Used and abused: Japan's foreign trainees

More than 200,000 foreign trainees were working in Japan last year – an increase of 25% from the year before. These trainees are helping Japan address its labour shortage, but they are seen as a temporary solution. Despite a tight labour market and a shrinking population, Japan is still resistant to large-scale immigration. And the trainees are often the victims of abuse by unscrupulous employers, as our correspondents report.

A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Laura Burloux.

By Ophélie GIOMATARIS , Anaelle ROYER , Justin McCURRY

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2018-02-16 Africa

The revival of the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line

In eastern Africa, you can now reliably take the train from Ethiopia's capital to neighbouring Djibouti. The new railway line - built and paid for by China - went into operation...

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2018-02-15 Europe

Why Italian graduates are choosing life on the farm

Italy's youth is breathing new life into the country's rural areas. In the past two years, the number of young graduates - often from urban centres - starting up their businesses...

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2018-02-14 Middle East

Iraq's Tikrit still in ruins, three years after liberation from IS group

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2018-02-13 Middle East

Israeli PM Netanyahu's mounting legal troubles

Every Saturday night for the past few months, hundreds of Israelis have demonstrated near the home of the attorney general, protesting over how long it's taking to investigate...

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2018-02-12 Europe

Video: War in Ukraine endures, three years after peace deal

In eastern Ukraine, the conflict drags on, despite the signature of a peace deal three years ago. Parts of the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk are still occupied by...

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