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Japan's overtime hours take biggest tumble amid virus outbreak

Education and hospitality sectors among industries with steepest decrease

Coronavirus outbreak caused Japanese workers to take on less over-time.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Overtime hours in Japan fell 7.4% in April, the largest monthly decline since January 2013, when comparable data was first collected.

According to the monthly labor survey published on Friday by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, workers at establishments with five or more employees put in an average of 10.1 hours of overtime in April, with total working hours decreasing 1.5%.

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