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The labor ministry said in a report Friday that 124,802 nonregular employees in Japan have lost or are expected to lose their jobs in the six-month period ending in March 2009.

The figure represents a 50 percent jump from the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry’s projection in December and highlights the severity of the labor market, where companies are cutting jobs left and right, mainly temporary workers in the manufacturing sector.

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