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Japan PM Abe: Won’t hesitate to take all steps flexibly vs downside econ risks

TOKYO, July 22 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that he would take all possible steps flexibly and without hesitation when downside risks to the economy emerge.

Speaking after his ruling coalition maintained a solid majority in Sunday’s upper house elections, Abe pledged to continue to make economy his top priority.

Abe also said he would take measures fully to support private consumption when the national sales tax rises to 10% from the current 8% in October. (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto and Leika Kihara Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

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