An LDP deregulation committee on Thursday approved a set of 48 proposals tied to the third series of special economic zones introduced as part of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s deregulation drive.

The proposals include a visa-exemption plan for South Korean students undertaking school trips to Japan, Liberal Democratic Party officials said.

The government is expected to adopt the proposals formally on Friday so it can submit a relevant bill to the Diet by November.

Of the 48 proposals, 19 will actually be employed within special zones.

They include measures to allow child-care centers to outsource meals and to allow child actors to keep performing on stage until 9 p.m., as opposed to the current 8 p.m.

The South Korean visa-exemption plan is expected to take effect in fiscal 2004, they said.

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