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Japan Passes Emergency Budget

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TOKYO—Japan's parliament passed a ¥4 trillion ($49.31 billion) disaster relief budget Monday as ruling and opposition lawmakers put aside their differences and sought to quickly launch efforts to rebuild the country's quake-hit northeast.

But the passage of the budget is likely to clear the way for the opposition to step up their campaign to oust unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who has drawn criticism over the government's response to the magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, including its handling of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The extra budget, which totals ¥4.015 trillion and ...

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