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Oil prices are higher than they have been since 2008, causing governments to balance budgetary concerns against the need to keep people -- and economies -- moving. (Source photos by Reuters and Getty Images) 
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In Asia, oil price surge stokes government fear of angry voters

Unaffordable or unavoidable? Helping drivers buy fuel is becoming both

AKANE OKUTSU, LIEN HOANG and ERWIDA MAULIA, Nikkei staff writers | Vietnam

TOKYO/HO CHI MINH CITY/JAKARTA -- An oil price surge is pressuring Asian governments to control the price of gasoline, and while some have allowed prices at the pump to rise, others are eating the costs for fear of stoking public anger.

With the war in Ukraine sending West Texas Intermediate crude as high as $130 a barrel on Monday for the first time since 2008, the Vietnamese and Japanese and other governments are implementing or considering measures to ease consumers' economic burdens.

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