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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keeping quiet about whether to he will raise the consumption tax in October 2015 as scheduled, saying only that he will make a final decision while “comprehensively” analyzing the economic situation.

Hiking the tax to 10 percent next year “would play a role” in sustaining the social security system, Abe told a news conference Wednesday after naming a raft of new Liberal Democratic Party executives and Cabinet members.

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