FOCUS: Japan PM Kishida’s intention to raise sales tax in focus at Diet

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Kyodo News

A crucial issue cropped up at Japan’s regular Diet session that convened Monday — whether Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will look to hike the politically unpopular consumption tax to cover the child policies he is trying to advance. Kishida has pledged to focus on child policies in 2023 in an apparent attempt to buoy the sagging popularity of his Cabinet by appealing to young parents, ahead of a string of local elections in the spring. But Kishida no longer has the adequate political strength to carry out such a reform, particularly as previous governments struggled to even propose such a hike…

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