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Pandemic prompts Japan Inc. to rethink traditional hiring systems

Companies under pressure to ditch lifelong employment amid COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has unexpectedly become a driving force behind the collapse of traditional Japanese-style employment. (Photo by Nikkei)

TOKYO -- Arriving at the office every morning at a set hour and spending time and sharing space day in and day out with bosses and colleagues, a working style once seen as immutable, has been destroyed by the novel coronavirus.

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