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Opposition to Japan's sales tax hike falls below 50%

TOKYO -- Public opposition to an April 2017 consumption tax increase has declined after the ruling coalition agreed on a food exemption backed by a majority of eligible voters, the latest Nikkei Inc./TV Tokyo poll shows.

     At 47%, fewer than half of respondents to the weekend poll opposed the tax increase, down 9 percentage points from October. Support for raising the tax gained 6 points to 42%.

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