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The consumption tax is a source of revenue for pensions, medical and nursing care, and child-rearing. Opposition parties talk about lowering the consumption tax as if it were an annual event when elections approach.


Toshimitsu Motegi, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The debate on Japan's consumption tax has been prominent in campaigning for the July 10 House of Councillors election, with all major opposition parties calling for cutting or abolishing the tax, while the ruling parties vow to maintain it.

© Jiji Press

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