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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda may meet Tuesday with arch-rival Ichiro Ozawa in a bid to persuade the former Democratic Party of Japan leader to drop his opposition to the bill to double the 5 percent consumption tax, DPJ sources said.

One of the sources said DPJ Secretary General Azuma Koshiishi is working to arrange a meeting between the two “next Tuesday or Wednesday,” and would serve as mediator for any rendezvous.

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