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Civil group: Please put the people's lives first

A network of various civil organizations handed a written requestto Finance Minister Aso Taro (left), demanding that the budget for the next fiscal year put the lives of the people first.

The chief of the network, Odagawa Yoshikazu (right), said that the government should cut ever-increasing defense spending, cancel the consumption tax hike to 10% next year, and expand social welfare spending.

FM Aso in response said, "We will definitely raise the consumption tax as we promised in our election manifesto."
(Dec.12/2018 Tokyo)
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