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Hiring process

STEP2 Self-introduction Video

What is the Self-introduction Video?

This is a video that will allow you to showcase your personality, past experience, and motivation for the job to the company.
It's such a common tool in job hunting today that about 50% of Japanese college students have made one, and companies are eagerly awaiting yours!

The ease of conveying what you have to offer in a self-introduction video

About 75% of companies answered that a <self-introduction video> conveys the applicant's personality/strengths more clearly!

Get more interviews!
Showcase what you have to offer that cannot be conveyed in your profile information alone!

Isn't it hard to make a video?

There's no need to worry! Making a self-introduction video is easy!

  • All you need is a 30-second to 1-minute video!

  • All you need is your cell phone!

  • You can reshoot it as many times as you want!

What should I talk about?

There's no need to worry as there are talk examples and sample videos!

Feel free to talk about

  • Basic information (name, nationality, area of residence, etc.)
  • Interests and what you're good at
  • Experience working in Japan/your home country
  • Why you came to Japan and what you like about Japan
  • Your enthusiasm for the job

and whatever else you'd like to say!

Refer to the talk examples and sample videos to showcase to companies what you have to offer!

Self-introduction video: Talk example

わたしは 〇〇人の <名前>です。
- Watashi wa 〇〇 jin no <名前>desu.

東京の 北区の 赤羽駅に 住んでいます。
- Tokyo no Kita-ku no Akabane eki ni sundeimasu.

日本の アニメが すきで 日本語を べんきょう しています。
- Nihon no anime ga suki de nihongo wo benkyo shiteimasu.

ネイティブ レベルの 英語を 話すことが できます。
- Neitibu reberu no eigo wo hanasukoto ga dekimasu.

日本で レストランの アルバイトを したことが あります。
- Nihon de resutoran no arubaito wo shitakoto ga arimasu.

どんな 仕事 でも がんばります!
- Donna shigoto demo gambarimasu.

よろしく おねがいします!
- Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

Self-introduction video example

I don't have the JLPT certification...

I've lived in Japan for 10 years, so I can speak Japanese. However, I don't have the JLPT certification, so I was worried that no one would believe I could speak Japanese. I used the self-introduction video to show companies my Japanese skills, and I was called in for an interview!

Indonesia

I practiced many times before I filmed it!

I just came to Japan, so I can't speak Japanese very well. I was able to practice a lot and retake the video many times. A company that saw me putting in so much effort into my speaking contacted me, and I got an interview. Now I'm working and continuing to study Japanese!

Vietnam

When I told them I love Japanese food...

I love Japanese food, so I talked about my desire to work in a Japanese restaurant; because of that, I now work in a Japanese pub! There are a lot of foreign tourists, so I get the opportunity to use English,too!

China

Steps to make your video and points to note

Check your personal appearance

Be sure that your clothes/hair/makeup look clean!

Click on the "Film your self-introduction video" button

You can go to the video filming page from this page or My Page.

Agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
Click the "Start Answering" button
Film your video then and there or upload a video you have already filmed

You can film and upload videos as many times as you like.

What's most important is to smile!

Introduce yourself cheerfully and energetically so that the company will think, "I'd like to meet this person!"

Film a self-introduction video

FAQ about the Self-introduction Video

What is included in the Self-introduction Video?

Name/Nationality/Age/Closest station/Skills/Hobbies
What you like about Japan/Why you came to Japan/etc. Talk about whatever you like!
You can retake the video, so you can relax while you're filming.

Can I stop filming in the middle of it? Or can I redo the video?

Yes you can.
If you stop at the middle, you will continue from where you left.
You can redo the video so relax while doing it.
Self-introduction videos can also be recorded from Profile Settings.

Is it better to wear a suit?

You can film with either a suit or your everyday clothes. The workplace people will look at it so be aware the cleanness of your clothes, hair, makeup.

Do I have to speak in Japanese?

Speak in Japanese as much as possible. The person interviewing you may not understand anything but Japanese, so please try to speak in Japanese, even if it is just your name.

Are self-introduction videos effective for getting interviews and being selected?

Yes, they're very effective.The results show that those who made self-introduction videos increased their chances of getting hired by 86% compared to those who did not. (October 2022 YOLO JAPAN actual data).

Is there a time limit for the length of the video?

The recommended video duration is 1-2 minutes.Keep it to 5 minutes at most.

STEP3 Apply

We will teach you how to search for jobs, how to see jobs, and how to apply.
Now you can find a job that suits your needs!

1:Application flow

1.How to search for jobs
Select an area

Select your prefecture.If you live in Tokyo/Osaka you can select a more specific area.

Select your Japanese level

You can choose from a wide range from No Japanese ~ N1.

Search by keyword

Enter a keyword that relates to a job you are looking for in the Keyword Box to conduct your search.You can also select popular words that appear below the search bar.

2.How to view job details
①Salary/Working hours

Depending on the working hours the remuneration may change, please check to make sure.

②Work Place

Check out the detailed map, find the nearest station to find out the distance from your home to the work location.

③Japanese level

JLPT is not a requirement! You can apply if you have the Japanese level described in the job listing.

④Tag

If you press the blue tag (Ex: "Available to work on weekdays only," "A 5-minute walk from the station," etc.) you can display a list of jobs with that tag.

⑤〇 days until the expiry period of this job listing

Depending on the hiring situation of the company, the application period may close before the expiration of the job listing. Please apply as fast as you can.

3.Required information when applying
Basic Information

Basic information (name, nationality, date of birth)

Language Skill

Language ability (mother tongue, reading/writing level, etc.)

Status

Status of residence (type of residence status, expiry period, etc.)

※Japanese nationals do not need to register their ID

*Please note, you cannot apply by phone
*Within 2 weeks the company will contact you to inform you whether you have been hired or not

Do you know if you can work part-time with your current residency status?
Find out what you can and can't do with your residency status.

STEP4 Set up an interview

Instructions for "recieving an email from the company to setting up an interview"👍
One look at this, and you''ll be successful! Let''s take a look together!

1:The company will send you 3 possible dates to hold the interview

You will be contacted by email with a notification function (Bellmark🔔)

2:Confirm the interview date

If you are able to attend one of the interview dates

Select the desired date and time

The interview date will be confirmed, and you will recieve a confirmation email.
If you are unable to attend all of the given interview dates

Suggest a possible date and time that is convenient for you.

The company will select their best date and time, and they will send you a confirmation email.

3:You will recieve a confirmation email before the interview date

The email will include the interview location/emergency contact details
On the interview date, if you are feeling unwell, or if you will be late, please make a call to the number provided in the email/SMS
*You can check the interview schedule on My Page*

STEP5 Interview

Attending an interview for your first time in Japan...
Make sure you have what you need to bring, be mentally prepared, successfully convey who you are!

1:On the day of the interview! Japanese interview and etiquette check

Arrive 10 minutes early!

Japanese people are strict when it comes to time. Make sure you leave your home a little earlier when going to the interview location.

Your clothes should be clean and presentable!

Men
  • ★Skin care(Facial hair)

    As much as possible, be clean-shaven. Some jobs allow facial hair, please check the job details!

  • ★Shirts and jackets

    Plain, checked or striped shirts and jackets are the best.It would be better to have a collar.

  • ★Shoes

    Clean, presentable sneakers are OK!Avoid flashy patterns and sandals.

  • ★Hairstyle

    Make sure that your hair does not cover your eyes, and that your hair is not messy.Attend the interview with a presentable hairstyle.

  • ★Bag

    Choose a bag large enough to hold A4 sized documents.Don't forget to put pens, pencils and notepads in your bag.

  • ★Pants/Trousers

    Choose cotton pants or presentable jeans.Avoid damaged trousers or shorts.

Women
  • ★Makeup/Accessories

    Natural makeup is best!Avoid oversized accessories.

  • ★Skirt/Pants

    Choose skirts and pants that aren't too flashy.Make sure that your skirt is not too short.

  • ★Bag

    Choose a bag large enough to hold A4 sized documents.Don't forget to put pens, pencils and notepads in your bag.

  • ★Hairstyle

    Tie your hair back if you have long hair.Avoid bangs that cover your eyes.

  • ★Shirts/Blouses/Jackets

    Choose plain, checked or a lightly patterned shirt or jacket.Attend the interview wearing clean, presentable clothes.

  • ★Shoes

    Clean, presentable sneakers are OK!Choose leather shoes or pumps that are not too flashy.

The interview will be held in Japanese!

3: Check the "frequently asked questions", and practice for your interview in Japanese.

Bring pens and pencils!

You may take memos during the interview! If there is something you do not know, you can ask👍

2:How to make a phone call for an interview

A.In the event that you absolutely must change the time, please make sure to call the employer directly XX days before the scheduled interview date. You can find the store's phone number in the details of the job listing.

You can find the store's phone number in the details of the job listing.

The store will be worried if you don't show up, so make sure to call the store to cancel your interview. The best times to call Restaurants: 14:00 - 17:00 Retail Stores: 14:00 - 16:00 For others or general companies, please check the reception hours.

Example phone conversation

Good Afternoon
konnitiwa
This is the (name) who has an interview on (month)(day).
〇gatsu〇nichi ni arubaito no mensetsu wo onegaishiteiru 〇〇 desu
I'm sorry, but I would like to change the interview date.
sumimasenga mensetsu no hiduke wo henko sitaidesu
I'm sorry, but I would like to change the interview time.
sumimasenga mensetsu no jikan wo henko sitaidesu
Is it possible to change it to (day)?
〇nichi ni henko dekimasuka
Is it possible to change it to (time)?
〇nji ni henko dekimasuka
Thank you very much.
arigato gozaimasu
A. In Japan, punctuality is extremely important.

Let's make an effort to do things 10 minutes earlier than you usually would.In the event that you are going to be late due to a train delay, please contact the store directly as soon as possible.You can find the store's phone number in the details of the job listing.

Example phone conversation

Good Afternoon
konnitiwa
This is the (name) who has an interview on (month)(day).
〇gatsu〇nichi ni arubaito no mensetsu wo onegaishiteiru 〇〇 desu
I missed the train. I will be about XX minutes late.
densha ni noriokuremashita 〇fun hodo chikoku shimasu
I got lost. I will be about XX minutes late.
michi ni mayoimasita 〇fun hodo chikoku shimasu
My class got out late. I will be about XX minutes late.
gakko ga osoku made arimashita 〇fun hodo chikoku shimasu
I am terrible sorry.
moushiwake gozaimasen
Thank you for your consideration.
yoroshiku onegai itashimasu
A. The store will be worried if you don't show up, so make sure to call the store to cancel your interview.

The store will be worried if you don't show up, so make sure to call the store to cancel your interview. The best times to call Restaurants: 14:00 - 17:00 Retail Stores: 14:00 - 16:00 For others or general companies, please check the reception hours.

Example phone conversation

Good Afternoon
konnitiwa
This is the (name) who has an interview today from (time).
kyo no 〇ji kara mensetsu wo onegai shiteiru 〇〇 desu
I'm sorry, but I would like to cancel my interview.
sumimasenga mensetsu wo cancel shitaidesu
I found another part time job.
hoka ni arubaito ga mitsu kari mashita
Thank you for your consideration.
yoroshiku onegai itashimasu

3:Frequently asked questions

A. Example response

・I want to work as a kitchen staff, because I like to cook

・I want to work as a bedmaker, because I like to clean

・I want to work with people since it will be a good opportunity to learn Japanese

A. Example response

・I had an opportunity to work at a Japanese-style pub

・I worked as a caregiver in my home country

A. Example response

・On weekdays, I can work from 5:00PM

・I will be able to work anytime on weekends

・I would like to work at least 4 times a week

STEP6 The first day

Your job has been decided!
Before you start working, first check out working etiquette and manners in Japan!

1:Prepare

①Date and time of work

Don't be late! Double check the date and time.

②Work location (where you will work)

Actual working situation and job details my differ.
Confirm the work location designated by the company.

③Clothes

Choose simple, clean, presentable clothes.

④What to bring

Along with items specified by the company, make sure to bring a pen, pencil and a notepad.

2:Advice on your first day at work

①Leave your home a little earlier!
②Greet your coworkers enthusiastically!
③When listening to instructions, take notes on your notepad!

STEP1 Make an account

Register now and find the perfect job for you!You need to be registered with YOLO JAPAN to apply for a job

  • Enter your email address
  • Send the verification code
  • Receive the email and enter the verification code
  • Enter required information
  • Registration complete

2:Create a resume

Create a resume that shows off your strengths to companies.Resume creation is optional.※When entering your information, registration of your residence status is required. Please have your residence card ready when applying.

The following resume is a sample.

3:Use My Page

STEP2 Self-introduction Video

What is the Self-introduction Video?

This is a video that will allow you to showcase your personality, past experience, and motivation for the job to the company.
It's such a common tool in job hunting today that about 50% of Japanese college students have made one, and companies are eagerly awaiting yours!

The ease of conveying what you have to offer in a self-introduction video

  • Self-introduction videos

  • If I had to say, self-introduction videos

  • If I had to say, profile/resume information

  • Profile/resume information

About 75% of companies answered that a <self-introduction video> conveys the applicant's personality/strengths more clearly!
Get more interviews!
Showcase what you have to offer that cannot be conveyed in your profile information alone!

Isn't it hard to make a video?

There's no need to worry! Making a self-introduction video is easy!

  • All you need is a 30-second to 1-minute video!

  • All you need is your cell phone!

  • You can reshoot it as many times as you want!

What should I talk about?

There's no need to worry as there are talk examples and sample videos!

Feel free to talk about

  • Basic information (name, nationality, area of residence, etc.)
  • Interests and what you're good at
  • Experience working in Japan/your home country
  • Why you came to Japan and what you like about Japan
  • Your enthusiasm for the job

and whatever else you'd like to say!

Refer to the talk examples and sample videos to showcase to companies what you have to offer!

Self-introduction video: Talk example

わたしは 〇〇人の <名前>です。
- Watashi wa 〇〇 jin no <名前>desu.

東京の 北区の 赤羽駅に 住んでいます。
- Tokyo no Kita-ku no Akabane eki ni sundeimasu.

日本の アニメが すきで 日本語を べんきょう しています。
- Nihon no anime ga suki de nihongo wo benkyo shiteimasu.

ネイティブ レベルの 英語を 話すことが できます。
- Neitibu reberu no eigo wo hanasukoto ga dekimasu.

日本で レストランの アルバイトを したことが あります。
- Nihon de resutoran no arubaito wo shitakoto ga arimasu.

どんな 仕事 でも がんばります!
- Donna shigoto demo gambarimasu.

よろしく おねがいします!
- Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

Self-introduction video example

I don't have the JLPT certification...

Indonesia

I've lived in Japan for 10 years, so I can speak Japanese. However, I don't have the JLPT certification, so I was worried that no one would believe I could speak Japanese. I used the self-introduction video to show companies my Japanese skills, and I was called in for an interview!

I practiced many times before I filmed it!

Vietnam

I just came to Japan, so I can't speak Japanese very well. I was able to practice a lot and retake the video many times. A company that saw me putting in so much effort into my speaking contacted me, and I got an interview. Now I'm working and continuing to study Japanese!

When I told them I love Japanese food...

China

I love Japanese food, so I talked about my desire to work in a Japanese restaurant; because of that, I now work in a Japanese pub! There are a lot of foreign tourists, so I get the opportunity to use English,too!

Steps to make your video and points to note

Check your personal appearance

Be sure that your clothes/hair/makeup look clean!

Click on the "Film your self-introduction video" button

You can go to the video filming page from this page or My Page.

Agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
Click the "Start Answering" button
Film your video then and there or upload a video you have already filmed

You can film and upload videos as many times as you like.

What's most important is to smile!

Introduce yourself cheerfully and energetically so that the company will think, "I'd like to meet this person!"

Film a self-introduction video

FAQ about the Self-introduction Video

What is included in the Self-introduction Video?

Name/Nationality/Age/Closest station/Skills/Hobbies
What you like about Japan/Why you came to Japan/etc. Talk about whatever you like!
You can retake the video, so you can relax while you're filming.

Can I stop filming in the middle of it? Or can I redo the video?

Yes you can.
If you stop at the middle, you will continue from where you left.
You can redo the video so relax while doing it.
Self-introduction videos can also be recorded from Profile Settings.

Is it better to wear a suit?

You can film with either a suit or your everyday clothes. The workplace people will look at it so be aware the cleanness of your clothes, hair, makeup.

Do I have to speak in Japanese?

Speak in Japanese as much as possible. The person interviewing you may not understand anything but Japanese, so please try to speak in Japanese, even if it is just your name.

Are self-introduction videos effective for getting interviews and being selected?

Yes, they're very effective.The results show that those who made self-introduction videos increased their chances of getting hired by 86% compared to those who did not. (October 2022 YOLO JAPAN actual data).

Is there a time limit for the length of the video?

The recommended video duration is 1-2 minutes.Keep it to 5 minutes at most.

STEP3 Apply

We will teach you how to search for jobs, how to see jobs, and how to apply.Now you can find a job that suits your needs!

1. How to search for jobs

Select an area

Select your prefecture.If you live in Tokyo/Osaka you can select a more specific area.

Select your Japanese level

You can choose from a wide range from No Japanese ~ N1.

Search by keyword

Enter a keyword that relates to a job you are looking for in the Keyword Box to conduct your search.You can also select popular words that appear below the search bar.

2. How to view job details

①Salary/Working hours

Depending on the working hours the remuneration may change, please check to make sure.

②Work Location

Check out the detailed map, find the nearest station to find out the distance from your home to the work location.

③Japanese level

JLPT is not a requirement! You can apply if you have the Japanese level described in the job listing.

④Tag

If you press the blue tag (Ex: "Available to work on weekdays only," "A 5-minute walk from the station," etc.) you can display a list of jobs with that tag.

⑤〇 days until the expiry period of this job listing

Depending on the hiring situation of the company, the application period may close before the expiration of the job listing. Please apply as fast as you can.

3. Required information when applying

Basic Information

Basic information (name, nationality, date of birth)

Language Skill

Language ability (mother tongue, reading/writing level, etc.)

Status

※Japanese nationals do not need to register their ID

*Please note, you cannot apply by phone
*Within 2 weeks the company will contact you to inform you whether you have been hired or not

Do you know if you can work part-time with your current residency status?
Find out what you can and can't do with your residency status.

STEP4 Set up an interview

Instructions for "recieving an email from the company to setting up an interview"👍One look at this, and you''ll be successful! Let''s take a look together!

1:The company will send you 3 possible dates to hold the interview

You will be contacted by email with a notification function (Bellmark🔔)

2:Confirm the interview date

If you are able to attend one of the interview dates

Select the desired date and time

The interview date will be confirmed, and you will recieve a confirmation email.
If you are unable to attend all of the given interview dates

Suggest a possible date and time that is convenient for you.

The company will select their best date and time, and they will send you a confirmation email.

3:You will recieve a confirmation email before the interview date

The email will include the interview location/emergency contact details
On the interview date, if you are feeling unwell, or if you will be late, please make a call to the number provided in the email/SMS
*You can check the interview schedule on My Page*

STEP5 Interview

Attending an interview for your first time in Japan...Make sure you have what you need to bring, be mentally prepared, successfully convey who you are!

1:On the day of the interview! Japanese interview and etiquette check

Arrive 10 minutes early!

Japanese people are strict when it comes to time. Make sure you leave your home a little earlier when going to the interview location.

Your clothes should be clean and presentable!

Men
  • ★Skin care(Facial hair)

    As much as possible, be clean-shaven. Some jobs allow facial hair, please check the job details!

  • ★Shirts and jackets

    Plain, checked or striped shirts and jackets are the best.It would be better to have a collar.

  • ★Shoes

    Clean, presentable sneakers are OK!Avoid flashy patterns and sandals.

  • ★Hairstyle

    Make sure that your hair does not cover your eyes, and that your hair is not messy.Attend the interview with a presentable hairstyle.

  • ★Bag

    Choose a bag large enough to hold A4 sized documents.Don't forget to put pens, pencils and notepads in your bag.

  • ★Pants/Trousers

    Choose cotton pants or presentable jeans.Avoid damaged trousers or shorts.

Women
  • ★Makeup/Accessories

    Natural makeup is best!Avoid oversized accessories.

  • ★Skirt/Pants

    Choose skirts and pants that aren't too flashy.Make sure that your skirt is not too short.

  • ★Bag

    Choose a bag large enough to hold A4 sized documents.Don't forget to put pens, pencils and notepads in your bag.

  • ★Hairstyle

    Tie your hair back if you have long hair.Avoid bangs that cover your eyes.

  • ★Shirts/Blouses/Jackets

    Choose plain, checked or a lightly patterned shirt or jacket.Attend the interview wearing clean, presentable clothes.

  • ★Shoes

    Clean, presentable sneakers are OK!Choose leather shoes or pumps that are not too flashy.

The interview will be held in Japanese!

3: Check the "frequently asked questions", and practice for your interview in Japanese.

Bring pens and pencils!

You may take memos during the interview! If there is something you do not know, you can ask👍

2:How to make a phone call for an interview

A.In the event that you absolutely must change the time, please make sure to call the employer directly XX days before the scheduled interview date. You can find the store's phone number in the details of the job listing.

You can find the store's phone number in the details of the job listing.

The store will be worried if you don't show up, so make sure to call the store to cancel your interview. The best times to call Restaurants: 14:00 - 17:00 Retail Stores: 14:00 - 16:00 For others or general companies, please check the reception hours.

Example phone conversation

Good Afternoon
konnitiwa
This is the (name) who has an interview on (month)(day).
〇gatsu〇nichi ni arubaito no mensetsu wo onegaishiteiru 〇〇 desu
I'm sorry, but I would like to change the interview date.
sumimasenga mensetsu no hiduke wo henko sitaidesu
I'm sorry, but I would like to change the interview time.
sumimasenga mensetsu no jikan wo henko sitaidesu
Is it possible to change it to (day)?
〇nichi ni henko dekimasuka
Is it possible to change it to (time)?
〇nji ni henko dekimasuka
Thank you very much.
arigato gozaimasu
A. In Japan, punctuality is extremely important.

Let's make an effort to do things 10 minutes earlier than you usually would.In the event that you are going to be late due to a train delay, please contact the store directly as soon as possible.You can find the store's phone number in the details of the job listing.

Example phone conversation

Good Afternoon
konnitiwa
This is the (name) who has an interview on (month)(day).
〇gatsu〇nichi ni arubaito no mensetsu wo onegaishiteiru 〇〇 desu
I missed the train. I will be about XX minutes late.
densha ni noriokuremashita 〇fun hodo chikoku shimasu
I got lost. I will be about XX minutes late.
michi ni mayoimasita 〇fun hodo chikoku shimasu
My class got out late. I will be about XX minutes late.
gakko ga osoku made arimashita 〇fun hodo chikoku shimasu
I am terrible sorry.
moushiwake gozaimasen
Thank you for your consideration.
yoroshiku onegai itashimasu
A. The store will be worried if you don't show up, so make sure to call the store to cancel your interview.

You can find the store's phone number in the details of the job listing.

The store will be worried if you don't show up, so make sure to call the store to cancel your interview. The best times to call Restaurants: 14:00 - 17:00 Retail Stores: 14:00 - 16:00 For others or general companies, please check the reception hours.

Example phone conversation

Good Afternoon
konnitiwa
This is the (name) who has an interview today from (time).
kyo no 〇ji kara mensetsu wo onegai shiteiru 〇〇 desu
I'm sorry, but I would like to cancel my interview.
sumimasenga mensetsu wo cancel shitaidesu
I found another part time job.
hoka ni arubaito ga mitsu kari mashita
Thank you for your consideration.
yoroshiku onegai itashimasu

3:Frequently asked questions

A. Example response

・I want to work as a kitchen staff, because I like to cook

・I want to work as a bedmaker, because I like to clean

・I want to work with people since it will be a good opportunity to learn Japanese

A. Example response

・I had an opportunity to work at a Japanese-style pub

・I worked as a caregiver in my home country

A. Example response

・On weekdays, I can work from 5:00PM

・I will be able to work anytime on weekends

・I would like to work at least 4 times a week

STEP6 The first day

Your job has been decided!Before you start working, first check out working etiquette and manners in Japan!

1:Prepare

①Date and time of work

Don't be late! Double check the date and time.

②Work location (where you will work)

Actual working situation and job details my differ.
Confirm the work location designated by the company.

③Clothes

Choose simple, clean, presentable clothes.

④What to bring

Along with items specified by the company, make sure to bring a pen, pencil and a notepad.

2:Advice on your first day at work

①Leave your home a little earlier!
②Greet your coworkers enthusiastically!
③When listening to instructions, take notes on your notepad!

5 easy minutes!
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