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Japan is expected to grant pardons to 500,000 to 600,000 petty criminals on the occasion of Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony on Oct. 22, officials with knowledge of the plan said Wednesday.

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will formally approve the plan in mid-October, the officials said, adding that the pardons will involve those found guilty and fined for minor infractions that took place at least three years ago.

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