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Four opposition parties agreed Tuesday to jointly urge the government to make changes worth 1.7 trillion yen to the 81.79 trillion yen budget for fiscal 2003 submitted to the Diet in late January.

Policy chiefs of the Democratic Party of Japan, Liberal Party, Social Democratic Party and Japanese Communist Party presented the joint request to Finance Minister Masajuro Shiokawa and asked for a reply by Friday, opposition party officials said.

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