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The welfare ministry neglected to act on a huge regional discrepancy in screening policies for disability pensions for three years after becoming aware of the problem in 2011, government documents show.

According to minutes of a November 2011 meeting held in Tokyo by the state-commissioned Japan Pension Fund, made available through an information disclosure request, a welfare ministry official acknowledged that disability pension payments vary greatly between prefectures and lack clear nationwide standards.

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