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The Diet was set Monday to approve over the strong protests of opposition parties a second supplementary budget for fiscal 2008 that includes Prime Minister Taro Aso’s controversial ¥2 trillion cash handout.

However, it was unclear if the stimulus measure would pass before the day’s end because the opposition parties in the afternoon engaged in a full-blown battle with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito bloc over the unpopular payout program.

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