Pandemic opens doors to switch jobs in Japan, but pay not rising much

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By Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) – The COVID-19 pandemic has unexpectedly helped Japan’s nursing homes and information technology (IT) companies overcome years of labour shortages, as job cuts at restaurants and hotels have prompted workers to look for new careers. This newfound job mobility marks a shift in a country whose rigid labour practices are partially blamed for a long term decline in productivity. But it is too soon to say whether the change will ultimately lead to higher wages, which are desperately needed to revive demand and growth in an economy that is still struggling to bre…

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