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The ruling Democratic Party of Japan apparently did not receive any petitions from the public regarding child care allowances or gasoline taxes before it made its budget requests to the government Wednesday for fiscal 2010, party sources said Thursday.

DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa has said the party’s budget requests, including setting an income cap on the allowances and maintaining gasoline tax rates, were crafted based on “requests from the people.”

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