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Record 70% of Japan's working-age women held jobs in August

Declining population and shrinking labor pool give females more opportunities

The Japanese government wants to boost employment of women to shore up a shrinking workforce. (Photo by Toshiki Sasazu)

TOKYO -- The employment rate among women in Japan between the ages of 15 and 64 reached 70% for the first time in August, government data showed on Friday, reflecting a deepening labor shortage due to demographic pressures.

The rate ticked up 0.1 of a percentage point from a month earlier, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, with many women taking on part-time positions. The ratio of employed men and women in the same age range also rose 0.1 of a point to 77%, matching a record set in May.

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