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A law to form a new government agency to take charge of consumer affairs was enacted Friday with unanimous backing from the House of Councilors, paving the way for the body to be established as early as this fall.

By setting up the agency, the government aims to improve the quality of its administrative functions, which are often vertically divided among several entities, and finally shift its emphasis on consumer affairs to the needs of consumers, rather than manufacturers.

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