Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Wednesday he stands by his pledge to shift national auto tax revenues from road construction to more general usage starting next fiscal year.

“Revenue from the tax has been used only for road construction, but its usage will be expanded,” Koizumi said during a debate in the Diet with Yukio Hatoyama, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan.

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