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Noda again urges opposition to join talks on tax, social security reform

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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Friday again urged the opposition parties to take part in talks to reform the nation's tax and social welfare systems.

Speaking at the lower house budget committee, Noda said both the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and opposition parties agree that tax reforms are necessary and that the two blocs should be able to find common ground to go forward, NHK reported.

A lawmaker from the opposition New Komeito party said the current pension system has been in place for 40 years and that public would feel more secure if it were made more stable rather than drastically reformed.

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When will all of these guys 'get' that this is what they are supposed to do?! They were elected to enter into debate, shape policies and (heaven forbid) actually help to govern the country. They were not elected to sit on their arses like petulant school children refusing to consider sharing their toys. To pointblank refuse to enter into any negotiations on the pension system is pathetic.

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"A lawmaker from the opposition New Komeito party said the current pension system has been in place for 40 years" this says it all.

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Let me suggest a common ground to go forward from Mr. Noda - cut the damn bureaucratic waste to the bone FIRST! ...and then let's move forward on increasing taxes from there if its still needed. As for the New Komeito politician,s comment - pretty much sums up the fossil oyaji attitudes that have completely stalled any progress on anything in this country.

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Noda should come up with a clear plan and write up the legislation to implement it. Then it can be put to a vote. It's not necessary for the opposition to be involved in drafting legislation for the ruling party.

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It's not necessary for the opposition to be involved in drafting legislation for the ruling party.

When the Opposition can block the legislation, it is 100% necessary to get them on board!

Let me suggest a common ground to go forward from Mr. Noda - cut the damn bureaucratic waste to the bone FIRST

Ah, but where is the bureaucratic waste? What departments, regulations and positions can be axed? You can slash jobs, but will it mean that tax collection will drop because a department becomes overstretched? You can slash budgets, but does that mean people in various parts of the country will lose jobs and face a harder way of life?

It's easy to shout "GET RID OF WASTE!" but it's something else to point to where it is. You might as well tell the Police to cut crime. Well, duh!

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Let's let Noda do it his way, then and only then, we critisize -" maybe we will like it his way"

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