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Coronavirus measures promise relief for Japan's labor crunch

Flexible work styles mean happier employees, with big benefits for companies

Teleworking in Japan: The more flexible companies are during the coronavirus outbreak, the better chance they have of retaining valued employees in the long run, experts say. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- Japanese companies have stumbled upon a possible solution to their chronic labor shortages as measures introduced to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus are also keeping workers happier and more engaged.

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