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Gist of interpellations at Upper House Budget Committee, March 6

The following is the gist of interpellations at the House of Councillors Budget Committee on Mar 6:


[Consumption tax hike]


Kohei Otsuka (Democratic Party for the People): Does the prime minister still intend to increase the consumption tax rate this fall?


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: I’d like to raise the consumption tax rate in conformity with the law unless there is a crisis like the collapse of Lehman Brothers.


[China’s military spending]


Tsuneo Kitamura (Liberal Democratic Party): How will a change in the East Asian situation affect the security policy?


Abe: The international community has strong concerns over Chinese military trends along with a lack of transparency in the country’s national defense policy and military strength. We need to continue to closely monitor the situation with intense interest. (Abridged)

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