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Japan unveils plan to raise pay, tackle overtime

It will enact laws to eventually eliminate pay gap between regular and contract employees doing the same work

Raising workers' pay should be a welcome boost to consumption, but reducing working hours could prove more difficult because Japan is already short of staff in several industries.


JAPAN'S government laid out a plan on Tuesday that improves pay for contract employees but takes a soft-touch approach to reigning in the country's notoriously long working hours.

The plan is a crucial part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's labour reforms, which he has touted as

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