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The government plans to submit 61 bills to the Diet during the regular session that starts Monday, including proposals on some of the Democratic Party of Japan’s major campaign pledges, according to ruling lawmakers.

Included in the legislative program are bills that would provide monthly allowances to child-rearing families, make public high school education effectively free and increase the number of lawmakers serving in senior government posts — all of which were spelled out in the party’s election manifesto.

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