Japan PM Abe: Want to ensure sales tax hike won't derail recovery

TOKYO Wed Dec 25, 2013 12:17am EST

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference to wrap up the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit Meeting at his official residence in Tokyo December 14, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference to wrap up the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit Meeting at his official residence in Tokyo December 14, 2013.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that he wants to ensure that next year's sales tax hike does not derail the economy from its recovery path.

"Economic (revival) will remain our utmost priority next year," Abe said in a speech in Tokyo to a meeting of business lobby Keidanren.

(Reporting by Stanley White and Leika Kihara; Editing by Shinichi Saoshiro)

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