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Japan Opposition Chief Warns Noda Against Altering Tax Bill

Japanese opposition leader Sadakazu Tanigaki said he may submit a no-confidence motion aimed at removing the ruling Democratic Party from government if it backpedals on a plan to double the sales tax.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda pushed the measure through the Diet’s lower house last month in a bid to tackle Japan’s record debt and ballooning welfare outlays, at the cost of splitting his Democratic Party as dozens of its lawmakers left. Noda needs support from Tanigaki’s Liberal Democratic Party to pass the plan in the upper house, where he lacks a majority.