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Japan weighs unemployment benefits for furloughed employees

Government hopes to streamline payouts for temporarily distressed workers

Restaurant workers and others temporarily out of work will likely receive unemployment benefits as the government looks to lessen the economic hardships of the pandemic. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan is likely to pay workers furloughed due to the new coronavirus crisis the same amount as regular unemployment benefits, Nikkei has learned.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare wants to implement the "deemed unemployment" system that was introduced in disaster areas following the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011.

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