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Japan Trading House Says Workers Can Be YouTubers to Top Up $100,000 Salaries

The Mitsui & Co. headquarters in Tokyo.
The Mitsui & Co. headquarters in Tokyo.Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
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A major Japanese trading company has relaxed its rules to allow employees to pursue side careers, such as being a YouTuber or an artist, aiming to retain workers who are demanding more flexible work rules.

Mitsui & Co. lifted its ban on side jobs and will now let employees earn money elsewhere, a spokesperson for Japan’s third-largest trading house told Bloomberg News.