Japan Convenience Store Owners Complain about Labor Shortages

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)--Convenience store franchise owners called for steps to secure the necessary personnel and respond to soaring labor costs during an investigative survey conducted by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Wednesday.

In the first round of the survey, held in Tokyo, the ministry asked mainly about shortages of manpower and late-night operations.

A total of some 20 owners are expected to join Wednesday's session, which will continue in the afternoon.

"We'd like to hear frank opinions," a ministry official responsible for the survey said at the beginning of the event.

An owner who took part in the hearing from the central Japan prefecture of Shizuoka stressed before the event began that he wants to explain the actual situation involving labor shortages and sharp rises in labor expenses.

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