Abe plays down big lead in LDP presidential race

Front-runner expects more foes to throw their hats in the ring, making for livelier debate



discussions that the country has to have a higher consumption tax except for food and medicine,” Abe told the audience.

The comments followed Koizumi’s remarks that if the consumption tax is raised to as high as 20 percent like in Europe, people may start to call for lower taxes on daily goods.