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Taiheiyo Coal Mine Co., the operator of Japan’s last remaining coal mine, on Friday informed its 1,000-member labor union of plans to close the mine in Kushiro, Hokkaido, on Jan. 30, the company said.

The union is expected to accept the management’s proposal and enter talks with the company on the terms of the closure, such as severance pay, sources close to the union said.

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