Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a decision on a sales-tax increase by early October, before a gathering of Asia-Pacific leaders in Indonesia, according to Economy Minister Akira Amari.
Abe will decide “at the latest” before a summit of leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, which starts in Indonesia on Oct. 7, Amari said yesterday on NHK television.
Expert panels comprising business leaders, academics and policy makers are set to begin meetings today to consider if Japan’s economy is strong enough to withstand an increase in the tax. Gross domestic product grew an annualized 2.6 percent in the second quarter from the previous period, a result which Finance Minister Taro Aso said supported the case for an increase.
Amari said last week that there is a good balance of views on the panels, which will include Abe advisers Etsuro Honda and Koichi Hamada, who are cautious about increasing the levy.
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