Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto made progress Thursday in gaining acceptance for his latest proposal to set up independent government firms in five years to take over some of the state’s operations, including three services under the postal ministry’s control.

The leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which Hashimoto heads, persuaded skeptical colleagues to accept his last-ditch plan to show the public that their leader’s administrative reform pledges would not end up in failure.

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