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Understaffed Japan Post seeks to end Saturday mail

Postal company joins trend in logistics toward service cutbacks

Japan Post employees work night shifts to sort and ship mail for next-day delivery.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan Post plans to terminate Saturday delivery of standard mail, joining others in the logistics industry that are curtailing weekend and nighttime operations to help understaffed workforces.

The postal service, a unit of state-owned Japan Post Holdings, also intends to significantly cut back on next-day standard delivery. The move illustrates a national trend away from services that accommodate customers at the expense of workers on the ground.

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