Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto’s blue-ribbon reform panel will take up this month the highly controversial issue of privatizing the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry’s postal, postal savings and postal insurance services, a high-ranking official said July 9.

“The members of the Administrative Reform Council agreed during today’s meeting that they will hold intensive discussions on the issue sometime in July,” said Kiyoshi Mizuno, Hashimoto’s special aide in charge of administrative reform. “They said that they cannot leave the matter untouched,” Mizuno told reporters.

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