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Japan labour shortages could thwart Abenomics: IMF report

It urges the authorities to tackle the "thorny" issue of increasing the supply of foreign workers

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For many years, "Japan has ranked consistently at the top in terms of reported labour shortages". The country's labour force will shrink further in the next two decades, the paper says.

Tokyo

GROWING shortages of labour in Japan could hobble the world's third-largest economy and damage the effectiveness of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Abenomics policies, according to a working paper issued by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Japan's labour shortages are among

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