Two main opposition parties on Monday spurned a call by the ruling Democratic Party of Japan to hold talks on social security and tax reform, dealing another setback to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda as he seeks support for a contentious tax hike bill.

The Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito turned down an official request by DPJ Diet Affairs Chief Koriki Jojima in the morning to start talks on Tuesday.

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