The ruling Democratic Party of Japan on Wednesday gathered 100 of its members to discuss the proposed bill to raise the consumption tax.
The government plans to raise the 5% consumption tax to 8% in April 2014 and to 10% in October 2015 to help cover ballooning social security costs.
However, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who wants to submit the bill to the Diet by the end of the month, has faced resistance to the bill from within the DPJ and as well as from opposition parties.
At Wednesday's four-hour meeting, DPJ Policy Affairs Chief Seiji Maehara addressed concerns from party members, TV Asahi reported. Opponents of the bill said a consumption tax will have a negative effect on the economy and that there is no guarantee that the consumption tax will not have to be raised further after 2016.
Meanwhile, Shizuka Kamei, who heads the DPJ's junior coalition People's New Party, told Noda on Wednesday that his party will not endorse the proposed bill, TV Asahi reported.© Japan Today