Japan PM Abe OK's sales tax hike in April as government seeks to control rising debt

  • by: ELAINE KURTENBACH , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 1, 2013 - 5:40 AM

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went ahead Tuesday with a much debated sales tax hike needed to offset Japan's soaring public debt, gambling that the country's economic recovery is strong enough to absorb the shock.

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