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The government said Tuesday it will delay a decision on whether to maintain subsidy programs to stimulate consumption, including the Eco-point system, given recent signs of economic recovery.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will not initially include the funds necessary to keep the programs for the purchases of some energy-efficient appliances and environment-friendly vehicles in its fiscal 2010 budget request to the Finance Ministry, which must be submitted by Thursday, minister Masayuki Naoshima said.

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