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Japan's Suga says important to cover fertility treatment by national insurance

FILE PHOTO: Yoshihide Suga, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary and ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker, speaks during a news conference to announce his candidacy for the party's leadership election, in Tokyo, Japan September 2, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s top government spokesman said on Wednesday that it would be “extremely important” to work towards covering the cost of fertility treatments by the national health insurance system.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference there were currently subsidies that would cover some expenses of fertility treatments.

Suga is on course for a landslide victory in the race to become Japan’s next prime minister, an Asahi newspaper tally showed.

Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Tom Hogue