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Japan opposition wants tobacco tax hike

Japan’s largest opposition party plans to hike tobacco taxes with the goal of halving the nation’s number of smokers if it wins the next election, the deputy head of the party’s tax team said on Wednesday.

“One of the big challenges is how to reduce the number of smokers and the tax system can be used for that purpose,” Motohisa Furukawa, vice chair of the Democratic Party’s tax committee, told Reuters.
“As long as it curbs smoking, our thinking is that it is OK even if tax revenue falls as a result.”
Media surveys show the Democratic Party’s chances of winning an election that must be held by October have been revived after the party picked a new leader this month.
Furukawa, a lower house lawmaker and former finance ministry bureaucrat, did not say how big the planned tax hike would be but said the level of the increase would be large enough to help halve the number of smokers.
Any tax increase would hurt earnings at Japan Tobacco which controls about 65 percent of the country’s tobacco market. The former state monopoly is still half owned by the government.
Furukawa also said Japan’s liquor taxes should be based on alcohol proof from the viewpoint of health promotion.
Under the current scheme, beer tax is determined in accordance with malt content with more tax imposed on more malt.
Beer makers such as Asahi Breweries and Kirin Holdings have rolled out various low-malt or malt-free beer taste drinks as a cheap alternative to regular beer.
“Drinks with the same alcohol proof should have the same tax imposed,” Furukawa said.
A Democratic victory would end more than five decades of almost unbroken Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rule and raise the possibility of breaking a political deadlock that has stymied policy formation for the past two years.
The Democrats have pledged to put consumer and worker interests ahead of corporations.
© Copyright: Guardian
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