OYAMA, Shizuoka Pref. — The head of the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren) on Thursday expressed support for almost all politically sensitive bills sent to the Diet for deliberation — including one to legally adopt the de facto national flag and anthem and another to allow police wiretapping.

Keidanren Chairman Takashi Imai also lent his backing to a controversial bill that would assign a 10-digit code to every Japanese for residency registration. The plan has been criticized by many observers who fear it could violate privacy by allowing the government to control information about individuals.

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