The ruling Democratic Party of Japan’s executive members decided Monday to slash legislators’ salaries by about 14 percent — nearly double the 7.8 percent pay cut for civil servants approved by the Diet last week.

DPJ Secretary General Azuma Koshiishi proposed cutting ¥3 million from the average lawmaker’s salary in an apparent attempt to ease simmering public frustration with its plan to double the sales tax.

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