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Japan's COVID emergency is over. Labor and chip shortages are not

From supply woes to piled-up savings, path to recovery fraught with hurdles

A distribution center near Osaka: Japan faces a shortage of warehouse workers. (Photo by Toshiki Sasazu)

TOKYO -- Japan's streets are beginning to bustle again after emerging from a monthslong pandemic state of emergency, but the country still faces an uphill slog toward economic recovery as supply chain disruptions and labor shortages drag on.

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