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The Democratic Party of Japan will pare wherever possible wasteful government spending and also attempt to enhance the quality of the annual budget, state minister Yoshito Sengoku said Friday in an interview.

“Our motto is to shift the money from ‘concrete’ to the people,” Sengoku, the Cabinet’s chief on administrative reform, said of the DPJ pledge to eliminate unnecessary construction projects and return the budgetary outlays for such excesses to the public.

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