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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who heads the Democratic Party of Japan, is expected to meet with former DPJ leader Ichiro Ozawa next week and try to persuade him to back his administration’s proposed consumption tax hike, a senior DPJ lawmaker said Tuesday.

Noda wants Ozawa to back a bill to double the 5 percent tax in stages by 2015. But Ozawa, the DPJ’s kingpin and head of the party’s largest faction, strongly opposes the tax increase and is not expected to change his position.

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