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As omicron surges, Japan fears twin threat of worker and parts shortages

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A woman wearing a protective face mask sits in a coffee shop in Tokyo. Daily new cases in Japan are topping 20,000 for the first time since September.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- From auto factories to nursing homes to trains, workplaces in Japan face the risk that the fast-spreading omicron variant will leave them without enough staff to maintain operations.

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