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Japan finance minister Aso: Government gained public trust for tax hike with election win

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso attends the G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting in Tokyo, Japan January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that the government won voters’ confidence in a planned sales tax hike in October through Sunday’s upper house election.

Aso told reporters after a cabinet meeting that the election gave the ruling coalition a stable political footing by giving it a solid majority in the upper house.

“I believe we won public trust for the sales tax hike,” Aso said.

Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim

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