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The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry is studying whether to introduce long leaves at companies to allow people to rebuild their careers and lifestyles.

A ministry study group is looking into the possibility of six-month to one-year leaves without wages.

The group is assuming prospective candidates for such leave would have spent a considerable time with their employers, achieved certain accomplishments, have been core members and would remain with their employers in the future.

The group thinks such a system would boost motivation at a time when the economy appears finally to be emerging from a long recession but where workers are still under strong pressure from business restructuring and possible unemployment.

The group will compile a report this spring, which the ministry will use to study measures to promote the system, the officials said.

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