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Japanese prime minister to call snap election, put off sales tax hike
Japanese prime minister to call snap election, put off sales tax hike

Japanese broadcaster NHK said Tuesday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told leaders of his party he will call a snap election for December and put off a sales tax hike planned for next year until 2017. The decisions Abe announced to the Liberal Democratic Party meeting were widely expected, especially after Japan this week reported its economy had slumped into recession following a sales tax hike in April. Abe was due to hold a news conference later Tuesday after meeting with the leader of the Liberal Democrat's coalition party, the New Komeito. NHK said Abe plans to dissolve parliament later this week. The election would be held in mid-December. Fresh elections may seem a...

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