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Japan labour shortage prompts grudging turn to permanent jobs

Number of full-time, permanent workers is rising for the first time since the global financial crisis

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A shift back towards permanent hiring could help sluggish consumer spending pick up. Economists say a decades-long move towards non-regular jobs is partly to blame for weak consumer demand.

Tokyo

JAPAN'S tightest labour market in decades shows signs of reversing a long shift towards the hiring of temporary workers.

The number of full-time, permanent workers is rising for the first time since the global financial crisis, outpacing growth in temporary jobs over the past...

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