Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto on Tuesday failed to win the support of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party for his proposal to not upgrade the Defense Agency to a ministry, LDP officials said.

The issue should be concluded before the Administrative Reform Council, a government panel headed by Hashimoto, meets this evening to finalize its report on how to reorganize the nation’s administrative system. Hashimoto, who heads the LDP, faced strong opposition to his proposal during a meeting of the LDP’s decision-making Executive Council.

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