October 11, 2005


Japan MPs approve postal reforms (BBC, 10/11/05)

Japan's lower house of parliament has passed controversial legislation to privatise the country's postal system. [...]

The bills will now go to the upper house, where they were voted down earlier this year.

Several former rebels there have said they will now support Mr Koizumi's plans.

And even if the bills were to be rejected again, the prime minister now has enough votes in the Lower House to overturn that decision.

On this issue, Mr Koizumi now cannot lose, our correspondent says.

It's an important step, but if that's it for serious reform it's nowhere near enough.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2005 8:12 AM
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