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Postal privatization and its implications for the ageing society

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The chapter explores the history of the Japanese postal services from the early Meiji period, paying close attention to the services' political, economic, social, and cultural functions at the local level. It then presents the arguments for and against privatization, focusing on the implications of both for the future of local communities. The chapter concludes with a brief overview of Koizumi's postal reform agenda and its impact on the future of local Japan, especially small, rural communities that are disproportionately occupied by the nation's elderly.

Keywords: early Meiji period; Japanese postal services; Koizumi's postal reform



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