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In Japan, heated tobacco associated with greater risk of tax hike

Finance Ministry seeks to raise levy before $2bn market grows

Smokers enjoy Japan Tobacco's Ploom Tech heated cigarettes at a shop in Tokyo's Ginza district.

TOKYO -- Cigarette companies are betting that heated-tobacco products will become popular in Japan -- too popular, worry the country's fiscal mandarins, who want to trim their tax advantage before they catch on.

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