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Women bear brunt of Japan's pandemic job losses

Hotel, food service and retail sectors cut back as people stay home

Cutbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic are affecting female workers more than men.

TOKYO -- Massive job cuts caused by the coronavirus pandemic are concentrated on sectors that tend to employ many women, a trend that highlights a lopsided economic impact both at home and abroad. 

In the first seven months of this year, 870,000 jobs were lost in Japan, mainly in the hotel, food service and retail sectors, where there are far more female employees than other sectors.

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