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Japan: Temp ban aims to aid workers

The Japanese government has adopted legislation to ban in principle temporary workers in manufacturing jobs and registered workers in temporary employment, to help stabilise the employment market.

The bill to revise the worker dispatch law would prohibit staffing agencies from dispatching workers to manufacturing jobs for short-term employment. It would also ban registered workers, who are employed only when jobs are available. But older workers and 26 categories of professional workers, including secretaries and interpreters, would be excluded from the ban.