An advisory panel to Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi may urge the government to weigh the possibility of creating a new agency to oversee Japan’s official development assistance in line with moves to reform the nation’s diplomatic operations, it was learned Thursday.

The 13-member Panel for Change — comprising business leaders, academics and former diplomats — is scheduled to submit a report to Kawaguchi on Tuesday, outlining ways to reform the scandal-tainted Foreign Ministry and make the nation’s foreign aid more effective.

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