A key government panel on Friday formalized an interim report on ways to privatize four road-related public corporations, proposing to freeze a number of pending highway projects and minimize the financial burden on taxpayers.

But tough political battles lie ahead as the Diet, where a majority of lawmakers want to maintain the current road construction plan, has the final say over whether the laws will be revised or enacted.

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