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The burden of taxes and social welfare costs on individuals will probably fall slightly in fiscal 2003, mainly due to tax cuts designed to boost the economy, the Finance Ministry said Friday.

The total of taxes and social welfare costs to be paid by the public in the fiscal year that starts April 1 is expected to account for 36.1 percent of national income, down from 36.7 percent in the current fiscal year, according to the ministry.

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