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Top retailers reach crossroads in labor shortage shakeout

Jun 5, 2014

Top retailers reach crossroads in labor shortage shakeout

Don Quijote and Uniqlo, two of the nation’s best-known mass-market retailers, aren’t waiting for the government’s new growth policies due later this month before implementing their own labor reforms. While many labor-intensive businesses face a shortage of low-wage workers as Japan’s economy perks up, ...