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The administration has decided to allow bureaucrats to hold news conferences in principle, reversing a decision made less than a week ago to prohibit them, Democratic Party of Japan lawmakers said Monday.

While administrative vice ministers will still be banned from holding regular news conferences, where these top bureaucrats have tended to make “political remarks,” they will be allowed to meet the media if they receive approval from their ministers. Other bureaucrats will be permitted to brief reporters on facts about issues they are in charge of, such as accidents and diplomatic negotiations.

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