A man using a smart phone walks past a retail shop advertising a sale, in Tokyo October 1, 2013. Japan decided to compile an economic stimulus package worth around 5 trillion yen ($50.96 billion) to ... more 
A man using a smart phone walks past a retail shop advertising a sale, 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 Prime Minister Shinzo 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/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) less 
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Tue, Oct 1, 2013 6:24 AM EDT