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Five things to know about Japan's work reform law

It applies to foreigners too and represents a chance for wage hike for temporary staff

Dark Office in Japan
Illustration by Luis Mendo

TOKYO -- Japan's parliament passed a work reform bill on Friday, regarded by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the most important piece of legislation in the current session. In a country known for its long working hours, the law now limits overtime hours and raises the incomes of temporary and part-time workers who do not receive the benefits that regular company staff do. Lawmakers also compromised on an exemption scheme for white-collar workers after opposition parties raised concerns it could still expose professionals to the pressures of working long hours.

Here are five questions that people are asking about the reforms.

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