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Members of the Liberal Democratic Party, Komei and the Democratic Party of Japan in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly said March 18 that they will jointly oppose most ordinance bills submitted by the governor to raise charges for government facilities and services, including one for garbage collection fees for businesses.

The Japanese Communist Party will also oppose most of the bills, which means most of them are likely to be scrapped. Faced with a curtailed government budget, Gov. Yukio Aoshima asked the assembly to approve an increase in charges for 67 services and facilities to bring in total revenues of 7.8 billion yen for the next fiscal year.

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