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Saturday mail delivery faces chopping block in Japan

Lack of demand and labor shortage spur service reductions

Like many other Japanese businesses, Japan Post is also facing a labor shortage. (Photo by Masayuki Terazawa)

TOKYO -- Japan Post will likely stop delivering mail on Saturdays and eliminate next-day service as early as next year under an expert proposal released Tuesday.

The postal unit of Japan Post Holdings has been seeking government approval to end those services in light of weaker demand and labor shortages. Now that experts have endorsed the service cuts, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications plans to submit legislation to a parliamentary session convening in the fall, with an eye to terminating Saturday and next-day deliveries in 2020.

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