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Prime Minister Taro Aso’s ¥2 trillion cash handout program, his key stimulus plan, is under threat after former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, arguably Japan’s most popular lawmaker, openly dismissed its importance.

During a Liberal Democratic Party executive meeting on postal privatization Thursday, Koizumi not only expressed disdain over Aso’s recent verbal gaffes and policy flip-flops, but went on to criticize the handout program.

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