March 14, 2020 / 10:53 AM / 3 months ago

Japan's Abe says mulling proposals, when asked about lowering sales tax

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would consider various options to boost the economy, when asked about a proposal to temporarily lower sales tax to 5%.

Abe said he would take such proposals into account when mulling economic support measures in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. He made the comment at a news conference in Tokyo.

Reporting by Leika Kihara and Daniel Leussink; Writing by David Dolan; editing by Richard Pullin

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