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A government panel studying the relocation of the functions of the capital outside Tokyo said June 20 that it will postpone a decision on a site for an unspecified period beyond the October 1998 deadline in line with the state’s decision to delay the project.

Akito Arima, acting head of the panel, said the members did not adopt a new deadline at a meeting June 20. But he said the panel will try to choose a site “not so distant” from the original deadline. Because the present two-year term for the panel members ends in December 1998, some observers believe a conclusion may be reached by that time.

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