Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C), seated with Finance Minister Taro Aso, speaks during Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo September 13, 2014. ... more 
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C), seated with Finance Minister Taro Aso, speaks during Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo September 13, 2014. Raising Japan's sales tax next year will saddle households with an additional burden of about 6 trillion yen ($61 billion), private-sector members of a key government panel said on Friday. The government should take comprehensive measures, including steps to ease the pain on low-income households and boost corporate capital spending, if it were to proceed with the tax hike, the members said at a Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy meeting. REUTERS/Koji Sasahara/Pool (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) less 
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Fri, Sep 13, 2013 4:29 AM EDT