Japan Eyes Weekday-Only Mail Deliveries

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will examine the idea of making the country's mail delivery service available on weekdays only by abolishing the service on Saturdays, informed sources said Wednesday.

The ministry will ask an expert committee of the Information and Communications Council, which advises the communications minister, to discuss the advisability of the plan and come up with a conclusion by the end of the year, the sources said.

The committee will hear opinions from Japan Post Co., a unit of government-controlled Japan Post Holdings Co. <6178>, and service users, they added.

The proposed service cutback is designed to cope with the reality in the country that demand for deliveries of letters and other postal items other than parcels is shrinking and that Japan Post's labor shortage is becoming increasingly serious.

The measure is expected to improve the company's profitability and, thus, its overall financial heath, the sources pointed out.

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