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Japan should seek early deregulation in six priority areas, including health care, to build a consumer-friendly society and revive the faltering economy, a government advisory panel on deregulation said Tuesday.

In a report presented to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, the Council for Regulatory Reform said the proposed deregulation must be carried out under the principle that “what can be done in the private sector must be left to the private sector.”

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