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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday allowed Democratic Party of Japan executives to revise part of a bill to hike the sales tax, aiming to draw an intraparty consensus on the issue, lawmakers said.

During a meeting with DPJ Policy Research Committee Chairman Seiji Maehara, Noda asked him to make a decision after thorough discussions with the government side, giving the chief DPJ policymaker a free hand on how to form an opinion within the ruling party, the lawmakers said.

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