The Liberal Democratic Party will arrange a top-level meeting Monday with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to end the protracted bickering over his plan to privatize Japan Post, according to party executives.
The executives expect the meeting to clear the way for the party’s approval of the postal privatization bills, which the government plans to unveil later in the day if an accord is reached, and their adoption at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday.
But a rocky road is expected because members opposed to postal privatization are angry about the way the party’s executives Tuesday entered last-ditch negotiations on the issue with the government.
The so-called top five LDP executives agreed Thursday to work out the remaining disputes with Koizumi and ask the party to approve the government-sponsored bills on Tuesday, they said.
Koizumi has aimed to submit the bills to the Diet by April 28 to see them passed during the ongoing session.
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