Japan PM faces postal showdown, may call election

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  • Monday, 08 Aug 2005

TOKYO (Reuters) - Expectations were mounting that bills to privatise Japan's vast postal system would be defeated in parliament on Monday, prompting Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to call an election that his divided party could lose. 

Koizumi has repeatedly said that a rejection of the bills would be equivalent to a vote of no-confidence -- a tacit threat to call an election for parliament's powerful lower house. 

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