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Japan election

Abe says Japan's consumption tax can stay at 10% for decade

Opposition parties rip rate increase as upper house race kicks off

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a debate July 3 in Tokyo, ahead of Japan's July 21 election for seats in the Diet's upper house.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will not need to raise its consumption tax for another 10 years after the rate goes up to 10% in October, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.

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