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Tokyo stock market's 1tn yen club welcoming back top builders

Healthy finances, strong domestic demand draw money to contractors

Japan's construction industry faces a deepening labor shortage. Here, prospective hires gawk at a tunnel-boring machine in Yokohama.

TOKYO -- Market capitalization is close to surpassing 1 trillion yen ($8.9 billion) at all four major Japanese general contractors for the first time in decades as investors reward their recovery from the excesses of the bubble years and price in improved earnings.

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