A number of lawmakers on the Liberal Democratic Party’s Executive Council on Tuesday voiced concern over a bill that would designate specific reduction targets in key budget areas, arguing the bill would make it impossible for the government to stimulate the economy via spending measures.

During a meeting of the party’s decision-making body, former party chief Yohei Kono questioned whether it would be appropriate to enact the bill at a time when the nation’s sluggish economy needs quick pump-priming.

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