Post offices may get competition

The posts ministry will propose requiring all municipalities to establish by spring at least one post office run by a new public corporation. The new post office would take over state-run postal services, ministry officials said Friday.

The Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications will present the plan, which will also map out the necessary ordinance, to the posts minister’s advisory panel on Thursday, the officials said.

Currently, there are some 25,000 post offices in Japan, with one or more in each of about 3,200 cities, towns and villages.

As a result of deregulation, postal services will start competing with private companies in the spring. The proposed ordinance will permit the closure of unprofitable post offices as long as there is one in each municipality.