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Enacting laws to allow permanent foreign residents to vote in local-level elections may be difficult in the near future and more debate is needed to form a nonpartisan consensus in the Diet, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Thursday.

Speaking in the Lower House, Hatoyama emphasized that he is still a firm advocate of voting rights for permanent foreign residents but said the issue remains sensitive.

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