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Former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Tuesday criticized current leader Shinzo Abe’s latest economic stimulus program as “pork.”

“I cannot help feeling that it is pork-barrel spending,” Noda, a supreme adviser of the Democratic Party of Japan, said in a speech in Washington, referring to Abe’s roughly ¥5 trillion stimulus package designed to mitigate the impact of the consumption tax hike coming in April.

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