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Abe Wants to End Unpaid Overtime, But May Underestimate It

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Japanese workers put up with long hours and unpaid overtime under pressure from cost-saving companies, and figures from the government, which wants more money in workers’ pockets to boost consumer spending, appear to underestimate the problem. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to enact labor reforms as part of his “Abenomics” plan to end decades of stagnant growth and deflation. His proposals include measures to cut working hours and limit overtime, raise wages for temporary workers and...

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