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Japan's theme parks try new tricks to tempt part-timers

Short-staffed operators offer monetary incentives, reach out to new areas

Oriental Land, which operates Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, will recruit potential part-timers in Osaka for the first time.

TOKYO -- Japan's amusement park operators are scrambling to fill costumes and stalls with part-time staff, offering various incentives to entice skilled labor amid a shortage in an industry normally attractive to workers.

Oriental Land, which operates the Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba Prefecture near Japan's capital, will send recruiting interviewers to Osaka in the Kansai region for the first time. The company last recruited outside the park's immediate area during 2015 in Nagoya, where it will do so again in early February.

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