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As the global economy becomes more digital, workers need to hone their IT skills to keep up with their counterparts in other countries.

Japan falls behind as international job retraining race heats up

Scandinavian nations benefit from government-labor-management cooperation

KYO KITAZUME and MOTOKAZU MATSUI, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- A fierce battle is taking place among nations determined to ensure post-pandemic economic growth, one that centers on job retraining.

As COVID-19 forced countries to impose social and other restrictions, the digital transformation only accelerated. Now that some nations are emerging from the worst of the pandemic, workers will have to pick up new skills, or their economies will fall down the productivity and international competitiveness ladders.

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