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Abe Seeks to Give Japan's Temporary Workers a Lift

Draft guidelines call for 'equal pay for equal work'

After limited success in convincing companies to raise wages, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has turned to improving the treatment of the nation’s legion of temporary employees, who make up more than a third of the workforce.

Full-time "non-regular" workers earn more than a third less than their permanent counterparts, often for doing the same work, while the pay gap in hourly wages for part-timers is even bigger. Non-regular employees also receive far fewer benefits. Abe plans to fix those inequities by requiring companies to treat non-regular workers as well as permanent employees.