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Japan's construction sector tries to defy demographics with data

New database aims to improve working conditions and attract new recruits

Construction is one sector where Japan's labor shortage has become acute.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Blue-collar workers can afford to be picky when considering job prospects thanks to Japan's historically tight labor market. That means few enter construction, where the hours are long and the pay is relatively low.

The Fund for Construction Industry Promotion, a trade association, has a plan to draw more laborers to the business. In April it will roll out a new database that will aggregate workers' experience and qualifications to help match them with employers. In addition to smoothing out personnel transactions, the system's creators believe it will lead to better pay and working conditions.

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