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The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito have agreed to keep a proposed reduced rate for certain items as an option in their discussions on how to cushion the impact of the next consumption tax increase.

The agreement came Tuesday as many ruling bloc lawmakers, particularly from Komeito, expressed opposition to a proposal by the Finance Ministry to introduce a system in which the equivalent of 2 percentage points of the consumption tax on food and drinks, excluding alcohol, would be refunded.

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