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Tokyo and nine other prefectural governments plan to lease about 500 rooms during the new year and yearend holidays from inns, company dormitories and other facilities to accommodate people who have recently lost their housing, it was learned Wednesday.

But that is significantly less than the welfare ministry’s initial target of 2,700 rooms nationwide, apparently because local governments feared that having too many rooms might attract jobless or homeless people from nearby areas, ministry sources said. The rooms will be paid for as part of the government’s measures to deal with high unemployment.

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