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Abe neutral on further hike in sales tax: minister

HOLDING BACK: Hit by the April tax hike, the economy shrank by a worse-than-expected annualised rate of 7.1 per cent in the second quarter.


JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remains "completely neutral" on whether to raise the national sales tax, Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Sunday even as he expressed concern about the strength of the country's economic recovery.

Mr Abe faces a tough decision by year's