LDP to Highlight Steps to Ease Tax Hike Impact for Elections

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 27 (Jiji Press)--The ruling Liberal Democratic Party plans to focus on measures to cushion the impact of the planned consumption tax increase in October, in its policy package for unified local elections across Japan in April, according to a draft outline.

On constitutional amendments, a key policy goal of Prime Minister and LDP President Shinzo Abe, the party will only say that it aims to arouse public opinion on the issue, a stance softer than its policy for the previous unified local elections four years ago, the draft showed.

The policy package for the upcoming elections is expected to have five pillars--reviving the economy, revitalizing regional communities, making Japan more resilient to natural disasters, preparing for the arrival of a 100-year-life society and strengthening the country's foundation to protect its national interests.

The LDP plans to draw up a brochure on the policy package soon and start distributing copies of it to voters through its prefectural chapters, informed sources said.

On the economy, the LDP plans to list measures involving fiscal spending, such as a rebate program for cashless payments and a "premium" shopping voucher program, highlighting its policy of minimizing the economic impact of the consumption tax hike from 8 pct to 10 pct.

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