Japan Panel Seeks to Limit Teachers' Monthly Overtime to 45 Hours

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Tokyo, Jan. 25 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government panel proposed Friday that overtime work of teachers in public schools be capped at 45 hours per month and 360 hours per year in principle.

The proposal is part of a report on public school teachers' work style reforms compiled by the Central Council for Education.

The panel submitted the report to education minister Masahiko Shibayama.

Municipality ordinances require teachers to work seven hours and 45 minutes a day.

Based on the notion that teachers do their work on a voluntary basis, however, there have been no set standards for teachers' overtime work.

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