The Diet passed a bill Friday to amend the Postal Privatization Law and water down the postal reforms championed in the early 2000s by then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, and a bill to trim national lawmakers’ salaries for two years.

The two bills were approved by the Upper House with help from the main opposition forces — the conservative Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito, which jointly submitted the bills with the ruling Democratic Party of Japan.

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