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Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s waste-cutting panel finished its nine-day review of allocations Friday for 447 public works projects in the government’s record-high ¥95 trillion budget for fiscal 2010.

By Friday, the panel had recommended budget cuts totaling nearly ¥750 billion, and demanded the return of a further ¥1.05 trillion in reserve funds to the government’s general account.

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