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Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada wants to revamp the declassification system for diplomatic documents because the current system leaves document release largely to the discretion of bureaucrats, sources close to him said Sunday.

Okada is thinking of drawing up new rules and setting up a third-party panel to supervise information disclosure so the current principle governing the declassification of documents compiled 30 or more years ago will be better served, the sources said.

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