July 23, 2019 / 2:35 AM / 2 months ago

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

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso answers a question during a news conference of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Fukuoka, Japan June 9, 2019. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

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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