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Councils under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Environment Ministry have approved a report proposing that shoppers be charged for plastic or paper bags distributed at supermarkets and other stores, according to officials.

However, the proposal, presented by the ministries to a joint panel of the councils Monday, will not be part of a bill to be submitted to the current ordinary Diet session in mid-March to amend the Containers and Packaging Recycling Law.

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