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Abe gets heat at home over delaying of sales tax hike

Mr Abe (right) talks with Speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament Tadanori Oshima at a ceremony for Japan's unidentified war dead in Tokyo on Monday. Key members of his own governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) are pushing him to call a general election.


HAVING secured what he perceives to be a mandate from fellow leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced nations to delay further a planned hike in Japan's consumption tax, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has found himself on the horns of a domestic dilemma - whether or not to postpone