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In a bid to encourage men to devote more time to child-rearing, and to keep more mothers in the workforce, a labor ministry panel is eyeing introducing a quota system as part of a two-year parental-leave plan that would require the participation of the father as a prerequisite for eligibility.

The panel is set to finish up discussions by the end of this year, with an eye to submitting a bill to revise the child care and family care leave law to the Diet next year.

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