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Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto on Wednesday requested that leaders of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party urge rank-and-file party lawmakers to accept a compromise reform proposal put forward by the government over the status of three controversial services of the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry.

Hashimoto said the government thinks that the three services — “kanpo” life insurance, postal savings and mail delivery services — should be transferred to a new public corporation in five years. However, LDP Secretary General Koichi Kato replied that it would be difficult for the LDP to accept the proposal because a number of party members are strongly opposed to it.

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