Senior members of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) called for a hike in the consumption tax in a meeting Thursday with New Komeito executives.

Nippon Keidanren representatives, led by its chairman, Hiroshi Okuda, held talks with New Komeito leader Takenori Kanzaki, policy chief Kazuo Kitagawa, tax policy chief Katsuyuki Hikasa and other party officials.

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