Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto won the ruling alliance’s support late Friday for a compromise administrative reform proposal to hand over the three controversial services of the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry to a new public corporation in five years.

The proposal would allow postal workers who are transferred to the new entity to retain the status of public servant. The agreement means that Hashimoto has at last mapped out a rough blueprint for a new government to be introduced in January 2001.

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