Japan's sales tax was supposed to go up from 8 to 10 percent in April of next year in order to increase much needed state revenue. Now the government has delayed the tax increase to late 2019.
Tokyo and Brussels have agreed a free trade accord, opening up the EU to Japanese cars and Japan to European cheese. Japan's economy meanwhile has recorderd its longest uninterrupted growth since 1994.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition has secured a comfortable win in parliamentary elections, according to exit polls. He benefits from a strong economy and a weak opposition. Martin Fritz reports from Tokyo.
Campaigning for Japan's snap election has officially begun, with PM Shinzo Abe defending against an new upstart party. Topics like reviving the economy and North Korea are set to dominate the October 22 vote.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition is set for a two-thirds majority in Sunday's election, according to exit polls. Abe says his imminent task is to deal with the crisis over North Korea.
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