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Japan to subsidize 100% of salaries at small companies

Program aims to pay 10m laid-off workers their full wages

Many eateries and other small businesses have been asked to shut down or keep shorter hours for now.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is working on a subsidy to ensure that temporarily idled small-business employees receive 100% of their wages during the current state of emergency, Nikkei has learned.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare plans to use an existing employment adjustment subsidy, which helps enterprises seeing no choice but to temporarily lay off workers continue to pay them, at least in part.

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