Executive members of the ruling alliance on April 8 grew angry over a newspaper report that said the U.S. is getting even more specific in its suggestions on how Japan should fix its ailing economy.

A Japanese newspaper reported that U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin urged that the consumption tax be scaled back to 3 percent when he met with former Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa during Miyazawa’s visit to the U.S. early last month.

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