Revised Law Enacted to End Saturday Mail Deliveries

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)--A revision to Japan's postal law was enacted on Friday, allowing Japan Post Co. to scrap Saturday and next-day deliveries of ordinary mail as early as autumn next year.

The bill to amend the postal law was approved at a plenary session of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.

The move reflects a decline in mail volumes and is also aimed at improving post office personnel's work environment.

The government had delayed the submission of the bill to the Diet in order to allow the Japan Post Holdings Co. <6178> group to prioritize dealing with the issue of irregularities in sales of "Kampo" postal life insurance products at post offices.

The revised law will reduce the frequency of general mail deliveries from at least six days a week to at least five days a week.

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