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Abe Delays Tax Hike, Calls for Early Election

Japan's prime minister has called for snap elections and delayed a controversial sales tax increase, as part of efforts to solidify his political support and fight off recession. At a news conference Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced he will dissolve parliament this week and hold elections next month, two years ahead of schedule. No exact date for the election was given, but Japanese media reported it likely will be held sometime in mid-December, possibly December...

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