Social security and tax reform plans were the main issues of contention Wednesday as opposition party leaders grilled Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during a one-on-one Diet debate.

Noda repeatedly urged opposition leaders to cooperate with the passage of the tax hike bill, which he has said will save the social security system by doubling the 5 percent consumption tax by 2015.

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