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Japan unveils overtime cap to curb long work hours

Management, labor likely to accept 60-hour monthly ceiling

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, addresses the work reform committee Tuesday at his official residence.

TOKYO -- Japan is moving to limit overtime to 60 hours a month to rein in overwork among corporate employees, with the aim of implementing the rules from April 2019.

The government submitted the proposal, which restricts overall overtime to 720 hours a year, to a work reform committee Tuesday.

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