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Despite Prime Minister Taro Aso’s plummeting poll numbers, the majority of his party’s top decision-making body apparently backed his contentious cash handout program at a closed meeting Thursday, one participant said.

According to Koichi Kato, former secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party, few in the roughly 30-member body appreciated former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s threat to boycott a widely expected revote on a supplementary budget to finance the ¥2 trillion program.

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