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No early lower house dissolution until debt issue bill passed: Noda.

TOKYO, July 9 Kyodo

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday ruled out an early dissolution of the House of Representatives for a general election, saying one of the conditions for this is the passage of a bill that enables the government to issue deficit-covering bonds.

"Integrated reforms (of social security and tax) are an important issue, but apart from that there are other bills such as the deficit-covering bond bill," Noda told parliament, saying the tasks he needs to accomplish before the lower house is dissolved are not devoted to a single issue.

The premier has repeatedly said he will stake his "political career" on the passage of a controversial bill to double the sales tax sales tax, levy on the sale of goods or services, generally calculated as a percentage of the selling price, and sometimes called a purchase tax. It is usually collected in the form of an extra charge by the retailer, who remits the tax to the government.  rate by 2015. Other key legislation which Noda wants to pursue includes the bond issuance bill that is key to financing the fiscal 2012 budget.

At the lower house Budget Committee session, Sadakazu Tanigaki Third Realigned Junichiro Koizumi>Koizumi Cabinet
(2005-10-31)

Secretary Shinzo Abe
Internal Affairs Heizo Takenaka
Justice Seiken Sugiura
Foreign Affairs Taro Aso
Finance Sadakazu Tanigaki
Education Kenji Kosaka
Health Jiro Kawasaki
, head of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, renewed his call for dissolving the lower house as soon as possible.

Their debate is the first since the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, led by Noda, the LDP LDP - Linux Documentation Project  and its ally the New Komeito party agreed on the tax hike bill to pave the way for its passage in the lower house last month.

Tanigaki, who last faced Noda in a one-to-one Diet debate in April, attempted to take a swipe at Noda's leadership now that some DPJ DPJ Democratic Party of Japan
DPJ D├ępartement de la Protection de la Jeunesse
 members including former party leader Ichiro Ozawa have left the ruling party and still others may defect in protest at Noda's signature policy goal of a tax hike.

"It is becoming difficult to manage the administration in a stable manner," the LDP chief said. But Tanigaki, himself a tax hike proponent, appeared less antagonistic antagonistic adjective Referring to any combination of 2 or more drugs, which results in a therapeutic effect that is less than the sum of each drug's effect. Cf Additive, Synergism.  in his attacks on Noda in connection with the tax increase issue.

Despite criticism from within his party, Noda vowed to push for the passage of the tax increase bill, which is at the center of the integrated reforms, during the current Diet session through Sept. 8.

The bill is almost certain to pass the opposition-controlled House of Councillors as well on the back of support by the DPJ, the LDP and New Komeito.
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