Japan PM calls snap election for next month, puts off sales tax increase

November 18, 2014 10:34 AM

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Japan PM calls snap election for next month, puts off sales tax increase

November 16, 2014: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, talk as they wait for U.S. President Barack Obama to arrive to start their meeting at the G-20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia. (AP Photo/Ian Waldie,Pool)

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election for December and put off a sales tax hike planned for next year until 2017 as the country struggles to fend off recession.

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