Nearly 270,000 contracted workers to lose jobs by June in Japan

14:36, March 30, 2010      

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A March survey released by the Labor Ministry in Japan on Tuesday showed that 269,790 nonpermanent workers are expected to lose their jobs from October of last year to June.

The survey shows the number of noncontracted workers, known as "hakken" in Japanese, has increased by 7,192 compared to the previous month.

Aichi Prefecture, where the head office of Toyota Motor Corp. is based, is expected to see 44,525 nonpermanent workers lose their jobs over the period, the highest among all the areas of the country. Tokyo expects to lose 15,932 noncontracted workers, and both Nagano and Shizuoka prefectures are also expect to see job losses of more than 10,000.

An official with the ministry expressed concern that a large number of noncontracted workers were expected to lose their jobs in March, the end of Japan's financial year when firms look to balance their books for 2010.

The plight of noncontracted workers has become a symbol of the recent economic downturn in Japan, after thousands were left in shelters for the New Year of 2008, when conditions worsened in the aftermath of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.


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