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Japan's small factories and eateries struggle to save jobs from virus

With outlook clouded, 260,000 part-timers were let go in March

With restaurants empty, many operators are letting go of part-time workers. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- Small manufacturers as well as mom and pop restaurants in Japan are struggling with a hazy future as the coronavirus outbreak wrecks the economy.

The dire situation is prompting calls for additional government aid to help smaller enterprises weather the crisis and safeguard part-time jobs.

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