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Japan's job availability highest since 1974

Strong figures reflect steady economic recovery and chronic labor shortage

Jobs in Japan are the most plentiful they have been in 44 years, according to data published Jan. 30 by the labor ministry.

TOKYO -- Japan's labor shortage shows no signs of abating, as data released Tuesday by the labor ministry showed job availability rising to a 44-year high. The country's unemployment rate also improved in 2017, falling below 3% for the first time in 23 years.

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