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Japan eyes unemployment insurance for freelancers

Private-sector coverage would tide workers over in dry periods

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will work with major private insurers to create unemployment insurance for freelance workers, aiming to support the growing number of people in unconventional work arrangements.

Advances in information technology have swelled the ranks of freelancers around the world. In Japan, many freelance in fields including system development, web design and translation. But individuals not working as full-fledged company employees tend to receive little in the way of benefits.

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