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Budgetary requests for fiscal 2010 from all ministries and agencies — the first such requests under the Hatoyama administration — total a record ¥95.038 trillion. Compared with the fiscal 2009 main and supplementary budgets (¥102 trillion-plus), the sum is smaller, but not against the initial fiscal 2009 budget (¥88.548 trillion).

The Democratic Party of Japan has accused the previous Aso administration of fiscal waste. If the current administration fails to tighten the budget, it will face the same criticism. The size of the budgetary requests prompted Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii to express the hope of reducing the budget to “¥92 trillion or less.” Then he mentioned “¥90 trillion or less.”

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