Diet members from the Liberal Democratic Party, one day after backing Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto for a second term as party president, turned against him Sept. 9, voicing fierce opposition to his administrative streamlining proposals.

The lawmakers heaped criticism on a preliminary report compiled last week by a blue-ribbon government panel, headed by Hashimoto, to overhaul the nation’s administrative system. During an LDP meeting, a number of legislators representing divisions of the LDP’s Policy Research Council expressed their opposition to the interim report drafted by the Administrative Reform Council. The meeting was held to explain the interim report to the LDP members.

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