Japan PM faces postal showdown, could call election

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  • Monday, 08 Aug 2005

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi faces a showdown on Monday that could determine his government's fate, when parliament's upper house votes on bills to privatise the sprawling postal system. 

Koizumi has repeatedly said that a rejection would be tantamount to a vote of no-confidence -- a tacit threat to call a lower house election that Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) barons fear the long-ruling party risks losing. 

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