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Cabinet ministers discussed a range of employment issues with leaders from labor and business circles Thursday in a bid to exchange views on a set of growth strategies the government aims to map out by next week.

“Where there is growth, jobs are created. Where there are jobs, we can expect growth,” Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said at the outset of the second meeting of the government’s employment strategy task force, underlining the importance of formulating growth strategies to help improve the bleak employment situation.

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