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Japan's resurgent outbreak overshadows nascent job recovery

New normal of working from home and dining in squeezes service providers

Japanese commuters crowd together at a station in Tokyo. (Photo by Akira Kodaka) 

TOKYO -- The resurgent coronavirus could derail a nascent recovery in Japan's jobs market, which in June displayed a surprising resilience.

The country's jobless rate dropped to 2.8% in June from 2.9% in May, according to data from the Statistics Bureau released on Friday, as businesses started calling back workers, including those who have been laid off or furloughed.

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