Japan eyes weekday-only mail deliveries
Jiji -- Sep 13
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.

総務省は、手紙やはがきなど郵便物の配達を来年度から平日のみにすることで検討に入りました。 今の郵便法では全国どこでも週に6日、月曜日から土曜日まで毎日1回、戸別配達することが原則になっています。
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