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The opposition parties, not satisfied with Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa’s abrupt resignation Tuesday and scenting the possibility of a bigger scalp, demanded Wednesday that Prime Minister Taro Aso apologize for the political turmoil.

The Democratic Party of Japan, Japanese Communist Party, Social Democratic Party and Kokumin Shinto (People’s New Party) announced they would not resume deliberations of the budget and related bills in the Diet until Aso apologizes.

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