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Major party leaders held their first online debate Friday ahead of the July 21 Upper House election, with opposition chiefs voicing concern that ruling bloc-proposed employment deregulation may further worsen the working conditions of younger generations.

Opposition leaders also raised concerns over Japan’s planned participation from next month in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, saying such an accord could introduce cheaper labor and foreign-oriented employment rules that may result in the domestic labor situation deteriorating even further.

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