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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

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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.

Tokyo

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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