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Under strong pressure from the reformist Koizumi Cabinet, the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry unveiled a draft plan Friday to privatize six controversial road- and housing-related semigovernmental corporations.

Japan Public High Corp., Metropolitan Expressway Public Corp. and Hanshin Expressway Public Corp. would be merged within a year and then privatized later, according to the plan submitted by land minister Chikage Ogi to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

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