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Pandemic recession evokes fears of new lost generation in Japan

Survivor of 1990s hiring slump finally finds job and draws on his experience

Naoaki Kimura was hired by the city of Takarazuka more than two decades after his job search began. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

OSAKA -- The economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic risks creating another lost generation of young Japanese job seekers graduating into a deeply scarred economy.

The survivors of Japan's employment "ice age" of the 1990s and early 2000s, many of them still frozen out of the regular job market, demonstrate how long the damage can last.

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