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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy speech to the full Diet this Friday will stress his administration’s ability to balance exemptions to the planned consumption tax hike with fiscal reform goals, according to political sources.

Abe will emphasize that the government’s finances can be rebuilt as planned despite an exemption on most food products when the consumption tax is raised to 10 percent in April 2017, the sources said Monday.

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