Nearly 270,000 contracted workers to lose jobs by June in Japan (2)

14:39, March 30, 2010      

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The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) campaigned last summer on a pledge to "stabilize the employment of temporary workers," and earlier in the month, the cabinet, led by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, decided to put forward a bill banning the hiring of such employees at manufacturing companies.

The bill has been criticized by some analysts, but is in line with the party's objective of seeing a Japan in which more focus is given to social security than short-term profits.

Other employment data released Tuesday showed that the number of unemployed remained stable in February at 4.9 percent, while the ratio of job offers to job seekers stood at 0.47, its highest level since April last year.

Source: Xinhua
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