Ruling coalition politicians stood ready Tuesday to urge Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to abandon promised reforms and sidestep internationally recognized mark-to-market accounting rules.

Koizumi, however, came out against the suggestion. With the benchmark 225-issue Nikkei average hitting its third consecutive 20-year low, politicians spent the day bandying short-term measures to boost stock prices by March 31, when most companies close their books.

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