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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reflation campaign last year helped draw the most women to work since 1991. He now plans to add a stick to that carrot, scaling back tax benefits for spouses with limited earnings.

The administration is reviewing rules that let about 14 million married workers earn as much as ¥1.03 million a year tax-free. Removing the measures, which cost an estimated annual ¥600 billion in fiscal revenue, could spur some women to work longer hours, and help bolster Japan’s shrinking job market.

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