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Abe Delays Labor-Rules Reform Amid Resistance, Nikkei Says

Japan’s government has put off key labor market deregulation, the Nikkei newspaper reported today, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces resistance to his reforms to revive the world’s third-biggest economy.

Fixed-term employment contracts may be extended to 10 years from the previous five within special economic zones under proposed new regulations, the Nikkei said. While the government proposes considering extending the length of employment contracts for highly skilled, highly paid workers, details will be worked out in a bill to be submitted to parliament next year, a document released today by the Cabinet Office showed.