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Postal reform minister Shizuka Kamei said Wednesday he wants former Vice Finance Minister Jiro Saito to replace Yoshifumi Nishikawa as Japan Post Holdings Co. president.

Saito’s appointment, however, is likely to draw fire for going against the Democratic Party of Japan’s efforts to strip the bloated bureaucracy of its policymaking influence. Kamei, leader of coalition partner Kokumin Shinto (People’s New Party), is trying as hard as he can to roll back the postal privatization reforms launched by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

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