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COVID-hit Japanese companies send staff to others in need

Airlines and hotels find temporary home for excess workers

Some industries such as retailing that are chronically understaffed in Japan are looking to borrow workers from others hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Yo Inoue)

TOKYO -- Japanese companies that are short of workers are taking on employees from businesses such as airlines and hotels that find themselves overstaffed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Japanese electronics retailer Nojima plans to hire up to 600 workers by spring from the travel industry, 300 from airlines All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, and 300 from business hotel operator Toyoko Inn. Nojima started hiring in mid-November, offering positions in its sales department and call center after providing a week of training for newcomers.

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