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To make up for the loss of revenue when levies on certain necessities are lowered when the consumption tax is raised, the government may hike the tobacco tax, sources said Tuesday.

The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party staged a sweeping victory in Sunday’s general election while pledging to boost spending on education and child care with funds to be secured from the consumption tax, which will be raised to 10 percent from 8 percent in October 2019.

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