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Japan looks to expand child subsidies to fight falling birthrate

Ruling parties call for bigger payouts as inflation squeezes families

Students walk to school in Osaka. Japan provides cash subsidies to parents raising children up to middle-school age. (Photo by Atsushi Ooka)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will discuss expanding cash payouts to families with children amid rising inflation as the country struggles to reverse its falling birthrate. 

A government panel will soon present a report calling for more generous assistance to families, with specific proposals to expand the payout program and secure a permanent funding source. 

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