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Japan’s economic stimulus package to ease the potential negative impact of next April’s sales tax hike will be worth around ¥18.6 trillion, with fresh central government spending totaling ¥5.5 trillion, sources said Wednesday.

The latest stimulus package would be as large as the one worth around ¥20 trillion mapped out in January, in an attempt to perk up Japan’s lethargic economy beset by deflation.

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