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New law to require workaholic Japanese to take days off

Legislation that will be submitted during the parliamentary session that began Jan. 26 aims to ensure Japanese workers get the rest they need. In a break with past practice, it will become the legal responsibility of employers to ensure workers take their holidays. Japan has been studying such legislation for years. AP Images

TOKYO — College-educated and gainfully employed 36-year-old Eriko Sekiguchi should be a sought-after friend or date, planning nights on the town and faraway resort vacations. But she works in Japan, a nation where workaholic habits die hard. Often toiling 14 ...

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Japan’s young fret as unexpected recession hits

TOKYO — When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan’s surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country’s economic heyday, frets that ...

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Q&A: Why Japan’s economy needs more juice

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is pumping more money into its lagging economy, expanding an already lavish stimulus effort. The surprise announcement Friday highlights diverging fortunes among the world’s top economies. Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its own ...

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Radioactive traces found in NY likely from Japan

ALBANY — New York officials say traces of radioactive iodine likely from the damaged nuclear power station in Japan have been found at monitoring stations in the state. The state health department describes the levels as minute ...

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