Japan Health, Labor, Welfare Ministry to Request Record 31.9-T.-Yen Budget

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Tokyo, Aug. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will make a record budget request of 31,895.6 billion yen for fiscal 2019 starting next April, to cover swelling medical and nursing care expenses in a fast-graying society, it was learned Wednesday.

The ministry presented the budget request, representing a general-account rise of 2.5 pct from the initial fiscal 2018 budget for the ministry, to a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's Health, Labor and Welfare Division the same day.

Reflecting the aging population, the request includes a natural increase of 600 billion yen in spending on social security services, while placing emphasis on work-style reform and child care.

Following the enactment of legislation on reforms to the ways people work, the ministry allocated about 380 billion yen for related measures, including 122.2 billion yen chiefly to support small businesses' steps such as overtime reductions.

The ministry also plans to expand learning opportunities for midcareer workers and make it easier for firms to accept foreign workers.

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