Nearly 10% of Japanese firms said they will hire more regular workers as a result of planned minimum wage hikes across the country, a recent survey by a credit research company showed.

The survey by Tokyo Shoko Research appears to show that more employers are deciding it’s better to shift their labor force to nonfixed-term regular workers, given that it would be more costly for them to employ fixed-term, nonregular staff who are paid by the hour.

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