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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso at the prime minister's office in Tokyo (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

Japan wrangles over new target date for balancing budget

Two- and five-year delays considered as Abe government pursues fiscal discipline

| Japan

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is walking back his goal of achieving a primary surplus in fiscal 2020. But it remains to be seen how far Abe is willing to extend that target, and whether the fiscal hard-liners or the doves will prevail. 

Change of plans

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