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Japan draws up work reform plan setting overtime caps

Diet to consider legislative changes this year

Late-night work is not uncommon in Japan, where overwork is a serious problem.

TOKYO -- Japan's government has compiled an action plan for work reform aimed at reducing overwork and promoting equal pay for equal jobs.

The prime minister's office hosted a meeting of the Council of Work Style Reform on Tuesday, where the plan was put together. "This will be a historic first step to change how people work in Japan, and 2017 will be remembered as the starting point," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

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