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Economy

Japan Inc. moving toward 4-day work week

Employers hope more flexible, shorter hours will diversify labor pool

KFC Holdings Japan has started four-day work weeks to strengthen retention of staff.

TOKYO -- Three days off per week are increasingly common in Japan's workplaces as employers seek to improve the work-life balance in line with the government's push for labor reform.

The shift from the traditional two days off per week is expected to enable more people with child and elderly care responsibilities to work, for instance, thereby alleviating the country's labor shortages.

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