According to the Japanese government officials, “They have been discussing the option of locking in the timing of a delayed sales-tax increase, removing all the flexibilities of a postponement over the weakness in the economy”. They further added, deliberations would be taken care off.
Many people said, asking not to be named as the talks are private, “An agreement on the language of new legislation that would revise the existing consumption-levy law will take some time to establish.” All the current laws have given government, an option to cancel a sales-tax increase. Moreover, if the economy will be judged not be strong enough, the government will take required actions.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is very much interested in delaying the next year’s bump for 18 months in an effort to shore up the growth in the wake of the economy sinking it into the fourth recession, since early 2008. One more decision to be taken is for removing the flexibility in replacement legislation. This is to ensure greater guarantee of returns. All this is being done to fight against the world’s biggest debt burden, and then put all things into effect.
In Tokyo, Tara Aso also told reporters that any said change in the sales tax would be addressed by concerning everyone. We are not including a condition that lets the government freeze a hike depending on the strength of the economy.