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What is the function of the first こと in the following sentence?


Logically it seems it has a function similar to と. If that is indeed what it does, does it have any other nuance?

If possible I would like to have a translation, or other examples of こと being used this way.

This sentence appears in an article in 文藝春秋オピニオン2013年の論点.

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dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/jn2/80340/m1u/%E3%81%93%E3%81%A8, meaning 8. 非正規雇用の規制緩和 a.k.a. 「労働のビッグバン」 – dainichi May 30 '13 at 8:29
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As dainich said in the comment, this "AことB" just means "B also known as A" / "B otherwise known as A". As can be seen in this example, A is normally a nick name, a monikier, or a noun that may be unfamiliar to some readers, and B is used to explain what A means.

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