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Job hoppers decline in Japan amid pandemic-hit economy

IT sector has labor shortage, but many workers lack skills for changing career

The number of people changing jobs in Japan in 2019 was 3.51 million, an increase of 20% over the previous five years. But the January-September period of 2020 saw a 6.8% decline from the same period in 2019.

TOKYO -- The number of people seeking a career change is decreasing in Japan as the pandemic hits the economy.

The coronavirus has led to job losses in the food service industry, and although growing sectors such as high tech and finance have the capacity to absorb more workers, the different knowledge and skills required have prevented people from changing careers.

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