Abe labor reforms may boost Japan’s ‘disposable’ workers, crimp wages

Yumiko Kajiwara is a cheerful 46-year-old who has had several part-time jobs, including sorting clothes, cosmetics and cellphone parts at a Tokyo warehouse. She also represents a challenge to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Kajiwara is part of a big and growing pool of part-time, temporary and other “non-regular” workers left out of the stability and security of Japan’s storied lifetime employment system. Abe, in office a year, has found little traction so far with plans to unclog Japan’s sclerotic labor market.


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