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Japan weighs ending Saturday mail amid hiring slump

Overstretched postal service struggles to heed call for shorter work hours

A Japan Post letter carrier delivers mail in the town of Kaiyo, population 9,000, on the island of Shikoku.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is leaning toward limiting mail delivery to weekdays in order to ease the burden on a postal service stretched by labor shortages.

Doing so would require amending the nation's postal law, which sets delivery at once a day, Monday to Saturday. The necessary legislation could go before the parliament as early as next year.

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