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The Lower House passed a bill Thursday to make it easier for temporary and other nonregular workers to receive unemployment benefits.

The revision to the employment insurance law will allow people to receive benefits if their expected period of employment is for 31 days or longer instead of at least six months at present.

Minimum working hours for eligibility are set at 20 per week.

The measure is part of the administration’s efforts to upgrade the social safety net for nonregular workers amid the continuing slump.

The bill was sent to the House of Councilors for enactment within the current fiscal year through March 31.

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