Vice Transport Minister Masahiko Kurono on Thursday urged the JR group firms to reverse their stand and bear an additional burden in a scheme to repay 27.8 trillion yen in debt left by the former Japanese National Railways.

A committee of the prime minister’s Conference on Fiscal Structural Reform basically agreed to the scheme earlier this week; it calls on the JR firms to pay part of JNR employees’ pensions.

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