Japan's Economics Minister Akira Amari smiles as he attends a news conference after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) announced a raise in the sales tax rate in Tokyo October 1, 2013. Japan ... more 
Japan's Economics Minister Akira Amari smiles as he attends a news conference after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) announced a raise in the sales tax rate in Tokyo October 1, 2013. Japan decided to compile an economic stimulus package worth around 5 trillion yen ($50.96 billion) to offset the impact from a sales tax hike planned next April, the government said in a statement on Tuesday. The decision was made by Abe's cabinet hours after he said the government will raise the national sales tax to 8 percent in April from 5 percent in a bid to rein in the government's runaway debt. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) less 
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