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Shrinking domestic market, worker shortage are biggest headaches for Japanese firms: poll

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Employees at an IT firm exercising in their Tokyo office. Japan's working-age population has fallen 11 per cent since its peak in 1995 to 77.2 million in 2015 and is projected to drop to 45.2 million by 2065.

Tokyo

JAPANESE firms say shrinking domestic demand is their biggest worry over the next three years while labour shortages are a close second, a Reuters poll found, highlighting the difficulties of coping with a dwindling and rapidly ageing population.

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