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Have a few hours to kill? Lawson offers one-off, part-time jobs

'Matchbox' services allow convenience chain to cover shifts hours before start

Lawson convenience stores in Japan have added a whole new dimension to part-time work: one-time shifts for as little as a few hours. The work helps keep the chain open 24 hours a day during the pandemic.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese convenience stores are famous for hiring part-time workers, but now one is taking this further by employing people for no more than just a few hours.

Lawson plans to start offering at its franchise chains one-time, part-time jobs that can be filled in as little as three hours before a shift begins to cover sudden vacancies.

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