Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda listens to a reporter's question during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Friday, March 30, 2012. Prime Minister Noda vowed to stake his political career to achieve the sales tax increase Friday as his Cabinet endorsed a legislation to help counter the country's fiscal deficit. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda listens to a reporter's question during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Friday, March 30, 2012.  Prime Minister Noda vowed to stake his political career to achieve the sales tax increase Friday as his Cabinet endorsed a legislation to help counter the country's fiscal deficit.  (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda listens to a reporter's question during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Friday, March 30, 2012. Prime Minister Noda vowed to stake his political career to achieve the sales tax increase Friday as his Cabinet endorsed a legislation to help counter the country's fiscal deficit. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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