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Japan Post Holdings Inc.’s two financial units could unilaterally stop consigning work to its mail service unit in 2017, dealing a blow to post offices nationwide, sources said Thursday.

Although the two financial companies — Japan Post Bank Co. and Japan Post Insurance Co. — have their own outlets, they use some 24,000 post offices run by the mailing service, Japan Post Network Co., to operate their banking and insurance businesses.

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