“I don’t blame my boss,” Kodaira said. “I am not the only one.” But Kodaira isn’t counted among the 1.9 million people in Japan who didn’t have jobs in May, accounting for 2.9% of the workforce. Instead she’s one of the 4.2 million people who are still getting paid a portion of their salaries — in her case, about 75% — for the time she’s not at work. While the number of such people improved slightly in May from April’s record six million, it’s still nearly three times higher than it was in January 2009, during the global financial crisis. Takuya Hoshino, an economist at Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute, has calculated that Japan would have a jobless rate of 10.2% for May if those on

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