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Japan's political parties launched official campaigns for next month's parliamentary election, with Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone vowing not to raise taxes and opposition leaders attacking his policies. In an appearance at a Tokyo subway station, Nakasone vowed not to levy a new round of indirect taxes or tinker with a cherished tax exemption for small savings depositors. In Nakasone's home region in central Japan, Masashi Ishibashi, chairman of the Japan Socialist Party, charged that Nakasone has built up the military by cutting welfare and education.

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