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A House of Councilors special committee Monday approved a 519.8 billion yen supplementary budget designed to generate 700,000 new jobs and cope with the falling birthrate.

The budget is expected to be enacted Wednesday at the house’s plenary session with support from the Liberal Democratic Party, the Liberal Party and New Komeito. The LDP-Liberal coalition is moving toward bringing New Komeito into the bloc, but some policy differences remain.

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