"sales of the Japanese manpower(outsourcing staff) industry plunged to 5.3 trillion yen ($69.74 billion) in fiscal 2010, down from a peak of 7.7 trillion yen in 2008...Japan and the United States represent the world’s two largest markets for temporary manpower supply services, accounting for about 20 percent, respectively."
Source: Japanese staffing agencies making push to expand abroad
July 10, 2012
By YUKO MATSUURA
Asahi Shimbun online