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A new report by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry revealed that 5,631 dispatch workers were injured or killed in work-related accidents in 2008. Most of these were injured after being sent to temporary jobs in the manufacturing industry, which accounted for two-thirds of the accidents. The transportation industry was responsible for another 10 percent of injured temps.

The rate of 15 serious accidents per day shakes the very idea of Japan as a safe place to work, and reveals a different view of the idea of temporary labor in the new economy.

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