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OSAKA — The Osaka Prefectural Government announced Friday a 3.5 trillion yen budget plan for fiscal 1998, in which financial support for elderly people is to be reduced from August.

The 3.5 trillion yen represents a 6.1 percent increase over the figure for the current fiscal year, the prefecture said. The prefecture has provided financial assistance for medical care for residents over 65 years old. The assistance is considered the most generous nationwide. However, it will limit the recipients to those over 65 years old in lower income households, starting in August.

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