Efforts at fiscal reform might have slowed down, but the government’s basic goal of fiscal reconsolidation must not be abandoned, Finance Minister Hikaru Matsunaga said during a new conference Wednesday.

Matsunaga added that he would like to further examine the rough draft of an economic stimulus plan drawn up by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its two non-Cabinet allies last week. “The outline says the parties would uphold the spirit of the Fiscal Structural Reform Law, and that must be taken very seriously,” he said.

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