Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Friday, March 30, 2012. Japanese 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. His pledge comes hours after his Cabinet endorsed a bill desgined to raise the 5 percent sales tax in two stages, to 8 percent in 2014 and 10 percent by 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Friday, March 30, 2012.  Japanese 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.  His pledge comes hours after his Cabinet endorsed a bill desgined to raise the 5 percent sales tax in two stages, to 8 percent in 2014 and 10 percent by 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Friday, March 30, 2012. Japanese 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. His pledge comes hours after his Cabinet endorsed a bill desgined to raise the 5 percent sales tax in two stages, to 8 percent in 2014 and 10 percent by 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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