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A government panel reviewing Japan’s decoration and medal award system has proposed almost doubling the number of foreign awardees to 300 per year in a phased approach.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is expected to revise the system from this fall’s awards based on Thursday’s proposal, which also calls for giving more awards to Japanese who have contributed to local communities, or are helping to deal with the country’s aging population and low birthrate such as nursery caregivers.

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