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Japan passes record Biggest ever budget

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Japan passes record Biggest ever budget
Japan passes record Biggest ever budget

Japan passed its biggest-ever budget, a $937 billion spending package aimed at propping up growth as consumers brace for the country’s first sales tax rise for over 15 years. “The most important policy of the Abe government has been and will be to restore a strong economy,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a news conference after the passage of the budget for the fiscal year beginning on April 1.
“We will try to minimise the negative impact of the increase in the consumption tax.” A total of 136 lawmakers in the 242-member upper house, controlled by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, voted for the package, against 102 opposition votes. The lower house last month approved the 95.88 trillion yen ($937.4 billion) budget.
The new budget comes as Tokyo pushes for speedy implementation of a $50 billion stimulus package specially designed to protect Japan’s fragile economic recovery, as the sales tax rises to 8.0 percent from 5.0 percent on April 1, the first increase since the late 1990s.
The increase is seen as crucial to bringing down Japan’s eye-watering national debt, which is proportionately the worst among rich nations.

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