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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, center, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister. a;sp om cjarge pf Spcoea; Security and Tax Reform Katsuya Okada, second left, and Finance Minister Jun Azumi, left, looks up during a lower house special committee meeting on the social security system and tax integrated reform at the Diet in Tokyo, Monday, June 25, 2012. A battle between rival blocs in Japan's ruling party escalated Monday ahead of a tax hike vote that is threatening to split the party and weaken Noda's hold on power. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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