Diet OKs end of Saturday, next-day standard postal delivery
Japan Today -- Nov 28
The Diet on Friday gave the green light to stop Saturday as well as next-day delivery of standard postal mail to address a worker shortage and falling demand due to increased use of the internet.

Under the revised postal law, the changes will take effect around next fall. But while standard mail delivery service will be limited to weekdays only, Saturday and Sunday delivery of parcels as well as express and registered mail will be maintained.

Postal services are operated under a universal service obligation in Japan, including rural areas, remote islands and mountainous regions.

Japan Post Co, a unit of Japan Post Holdings Co, had been calling for a review of the postal law to end Saturday delivery as it faces a shortage of workers and rising labor costs.

While demand for "snail mail" has been declining with the rise of email, demand for the delivery of parcels has been on the rise as an increasing number of people shop items online.

手紙などの土曜日の郵便配達を廃止する改正郵便法が参議院本会議で成立しました。  全会一致で成立した改正郵便法では、「速達」や「ゆうパック」などを除く普通郵便は、原則、土曜日の配達が廃止されることになります。また、翌日配達を廃止し、配達にかかる日数の基準も緩和することにしていて、木曜日に投かんした郵便物は翌週の月曜日に届くことになります。人手不足に陥る郵便局の働き方改革を進め、安定的にサービスを続ける狙いで、来年秋にも運用が開始される見通しです。  また、27日の国会では、東京オリンピックの開会式・閉会式に合わせ、祝日を移動させる特別措置法も成立しました。これにより、来年の海の日は開会式前日の7月22日に、山の日は閉会式当日の8月8日に変更となります。
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