Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto said he was concerned Friday that his pet bill on administrative consolidation may be abandoned due to a dearth of deliberation time and persistent opposition from lawmakers, bureaucrats and labor unions.

During a meeting of the Administrative Reform Council held at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, Hashimoto said that it is quite possible the bill, which would serve as the basic law for transforming the administrative system, will not be enacted by the end of the current Diet session, which ends in June. “I have a strong sense of fear of that possibility,” Hashimoto told the members of the blue-ribbon government panel he heads.

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