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Dentsu plans reassignments, hirings to ease overwork

Ad agency in 'karoshi' suicide seeks to improve conditions

TOKYO -- Dentsu will reassign 650 employees -- about one-tenth of its workforce -- to busier departments and increase mid-career hiring to try to relieve stressful work conditions brought to light by the death of a young staffer.

The leading Japanese advertising agency announced the changes Friday, the first round of measures combating overwork to come from an internal panel established Nov. 1.

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