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Japan's long-term jobless number hits record low

Labor shortage prompts corporations to ease employment conditions

Long-term joblessness is down, but Japan's "employment ice age" generation still struggles.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The number of long-term jobless is declining in Japan, as companies ease employment conditions to respond to the country's labor shortage.

The number of people out of work for more than a year came to 480,000, according to the Labor Force Survey for the July-September quarter released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications recently. That represents a drop of 30,000 on the previous quarter and is the lowest figure since the ministry began issuing quarterly surveys in 2002.

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