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The Administrative Reform Council, a government panel headed by Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, on Tuesday virtually agreed that two separate statuses — civil servants and “noncivil servants” — should be created for government employees to be transferred to quasigovernmental organizations.

Only Jinnosuke Ashida, one of panel members and former chairman of the Japan Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), opposed the idea, saying the workers’ current status as government employees should be maintained. The council has agreed to create a number of organizations tentatively called “independent agencies” to be modeled after British executive agencies, to take over non-policy related functions of the government.

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