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Japan's lifetime employment and low pay risk brain drain: lobby

Keidanren chief Nakanishi leads charge against antiquated hiring practices

A child learns from a robot at a Tokyo day care. Japan needs fresh thinking on employment to keep up with technology change, Keidanren says.

TOKYO -- Japan faces the prospect of falling behind other countries in the race to foster high-tech businesses unless domestic companies offer competitive pay and revamp outdated employment practices, the nation's most influential business lobby warned on Monday.

The Japan Business Federation, known as Keidanren, will issue its warning in the annual guidelines next month as member companies prepare for the country's traditional spring negotiations with labor unions.

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