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Japan PM sticks to script on sales tax plans after deadly quakes

Police searching for missing persons trapped under houses destroyed by the earthquakes in Minami-Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, on Sunday. The tremors have caused at least 42 deaths.


TOKYO is sticking with plans to raise the sales tax next year, barring a financial crisis or a major natural disaster, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday, without saying whether two deadly quakes in southern Japan qualified as such a disaster.

The tremors on the

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