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The western Tokyo suburb of Kokubunji on Friday became the latest municipality to refuse to take part in a national resident registry network that the central government plans to launch Monday, saying it will not join the system until a law to protect personal information is enacted.

Kokubunji Mayor Nobuo Hoshino made the statement at a municipal assembly meeting called to discuss the national resident registry network. Kokubunji has a population of about 108,000.

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