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EDITORIAL / DPJ-LDP talks needed to end Diet impasse
The prospects for passage of bills for integrated reform of the social security and tax systems through the Diet are doubtful.
This is because of the high-handed attitude of the Liberal Democratic Party, which refuses to help enact the bills unless Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda gives assurance he will dissolve the House of Representatives for a general election immediately after the bills are passed.
The lower house passed the bills after some modifications following a three-party agreement among the Democratic Party of Japan, the LDP and New Komeito that the bills were needed to …