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The mayor of Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture, has asked the central government to postpone the scheduled start Monday of a nationwide computerized resident registry network, citing concerns over insufficient privacy protections, city officials said Sunday.

Mayor Tadao Kokubo, in the written request submitted to home affairs minister Toranosuke Katayama, said operation of the network “should in principle be delayed since there would likely be problems if it is run without legal arrangements for the protection of private information.”

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