Japanese premier Shinzo Abe pledged on Monday he would not keep stimulus spending "forever" in a policy speech ahead of a budget that will raise more in taxes than it does from borrowing.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his first policy speech during the lower house plenary session at the parliament in Tokyo, on January 28, 2013. Abe pledged he would not keep stimulus spending 'forever' in a policy speech ahead of a budget that will raise more in taxes than it does from borrowing.
Abe's plan to overturn four years in which the majority of money the government spends is raised from selling bonds came as an opinion poll showed he has enjoyed a boost in popularity since coming to power last month.
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