• Kyodo


Senior Vice Finance Minister Fumihiko Igarashi believes it is impossible to apply a lower sales tax on food and other daily goods in the government’s tax hike legislation.

Igarashi made the comment Saturday at a town hall meeting in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, on the government’s social security and tax reform legislation, which focuses on hiking the sales tax to 10 percent from the current 5 percent in two stages to cover swelling social security costs.

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