Japan post offices to accept dispatched workers

Japan Post will start hiring workers dispatched from employment agencies at its post offices to cover labor shortages to be caused by mass retirement at the end of this month, Jiji Press learned Saturday.

Specifically, Japan Post will hire some 20 dispatched workers at 20 post offices in Kanagawa, Osaka and Hyogo Prefectures in April, informed sources said. The workers will be in charge of postal savings services.

Post offices currently employ part-time workers, but not dispatched workers, because labor costs for dispatched workers are generally higher than those for part-timers.

Japan Post will see 12,400 full-time workers, or some 5 pct of the total, retire on March 31, while only 6,400 workers will be added in April. As of April 1, Japan Post will be short of about 10,000 workers, four times the level of labor shortages a year before.

The state-owned Japan Post will be split up into four firms, including a “Yucho” bank and a “Kampo” insurance firm, under a 10-year privatization process that begins on Oct. 1. A network of post offices across Japan will be managed by one of the four companies to be created through the breakup.

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