• Kyodo


Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Saturday expressed hope that Diet deliberations on his proposed sales tax hike will begin this month, despite speculation the debate could be delayed until the end of Golden Week in May.

“No one has decided that deliberations will begin after the (Golden Week) holiday period,” Noda told reporters during a visit to Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, where he attended a forum on his planned social security and tax reforms.

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