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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s final push to ensure Cabinet approval by the end of March of a bill to eventually raise the sales tax began Tuesday with an attempt to win over a key opponent of the hike within the ruling bloc.

Noda is believed to have urged Shizuka Kamei, head of the junior coalition partner to Noda’s Democratic Party of Japan, for support on the planned consumption tax increase during their Tuesday meeting at the prime minister’s residence.

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