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The government will examine steps to soften the impact of a consumption tax hike to be applied next year after a previous increase dampened consumption, the top government spokesman said Friday.

A task force involving officials from relevant ministries was launched on Friday, and the government is expected to study how to control economic fluctuations — particularly in consumption — as the nation braces for the tax hike from the current 8 percent to 10 percent in 2019.

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