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Twenty-five teachers in Saga Prefecture retired by the end of December, three months earlier than scheduled, before the prefectural government cut their retirement allowance on Jan. 1, board of education officials said Wednesday.

The teachers, as well as 11 school officials, quit before the Saga government trimmed as much as ¥1.5 million from each of their allowances in line with the national policy of reducing benefits for central government officials, the Saga board said.

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