• Kyodo


Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday urged ruling party power-broker Ichiro Ozawa to support the party’s goal to double the 5 percent consumption tax.

Noda reiterated his call to Ozawa, a vocal opponent of the tax hike, in a bid to tap into the clout of the former Democratic Party of Japan leader, who was acquitted last week over a political funds scandal.

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