Seiji Maehara, vice president of the Democratic Party of Japan, went on the attack Wednesday, calling Prime Minister Taro Aso a “con man” and “tax thief” and stirring up the Lower House Budget Committee.

Maehara chose to go after Aso on road-related tax revenues. Aso originally said that ¥1 trillion of the levies should be allocated to local governments without restrictions on use. But that money is now apparently going to be used mainly for road public works projects. Freeing up road-tax revenue was decided by Aso’s predecessor, Yasuo Fukuda.

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