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The Cabinet approved a bill Tuesday to extend by up to 60 days the eligibility period for unemployment insurance benefits for people thrown out of work and haven’t found a new job.

The bill, a revision to the unemployment insurance law, will be submitted to the Diet this session. The ruling bloc will seek to push the bill through by March 31, a move that would allow most clauses to take effect April 1, the start of fiscal 2009.

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