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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda managed to get the Lower House to pass the contentious tax hike bill, but his troubles are far from over, as demonstrated by the no votes cast by the Democratic Party of Japan’s kingpin, Ichiro Ozawa, and more than 50 of his followers.

Although Ozawa, when speaking to his allies Tuesday, apparently stepped back from his threat to immediately leave the DPJ and form a breakaway party, it is still unclear what his camp plans to do next.

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