Kishida Defends Japan Sales Tax From Opponents’ Calls for Cut

Oct. 18, 2021, 7:43 AM

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stood by plans to keep Japan’s sales tax at its current rate as opposition groups called for a cut, backing a policy they believe would build support in an election less than two weeks away.

Kishida argued at a debate among party leaders Monday that maintaining the current tax at its 10% rate was needed to fund social security. He also reiterated his stance that government bonds should be used for emergency funding to help the world’s third-largest economy recover from the Covid pandemic.

Yukio Edano, leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party, called ...

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