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Prime Minister Taro Aso on Monday revised his earlier controversial remark that he was not in favor of the postal privatization plan and had only agreed to it because he was a Cabinet member when the government decided on it.

Aso, who is struggling with low popularity ratings amid a series of policy flip-flops and gaffes, stressed in the Diet that while he was against the policy when he became internal affairs minister in 2003, “after studying it for two years, I found it can become profitable (if the policy is implemented appropriately).”

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