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July 23, 2009

The opposition party will make public high school education free

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The Democratic Party of Japan plans to make public high school education free if it wins the election to be held on August 30. Most guardians of high school students will receive 120,000 yen per year. This will cover the cost of attending a public high school and partially cover the cost of attending a private high school. Those with an income of less than 5 million yen will receive 240,000 yen per year.

According to a report in the Asahi Shimbun, the party also plans to provide 26,000 yen per month to families with children of junior high school age or younger. Costs will partly be paid for by removing tax deductions for spouses. This means that couples with no children will pay more tax.

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