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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Kamakura: Do you approve of the proposed doubling of the 5 percent sales tax?


By CHARLES LEWIS

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Takashi Kobayashi
Transport worker, 31 (Japanese)
I think the sales tax will have to be raised in the future, but I doubt if now is a good time to do it. If they hike the tax, it would make life harder for me.

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Shiho
Housewife, 40s (Japanese)
The government hasn't given a clear reason as to why they have to raise the tax and how they will use the cash. If goods go up 5 percent, it will directly affect our lives.

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Jorge
Engineer, 30 (Mexican)
I wouldn't approve of the increase in normal circumstances, but because the government needs the money for the reconstruction of Tohoku, I can go along with it.

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Curtis Bryant
Civil servant, 43 (American)
I disagree with an increase in the sales tax because things are expensive already and this will only make it worse. Also, people will have less disposable income.

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Yoshiko
Housewife, 30s (Japanese)
I disagree with the proposed tax hike. It would have a big impact on our daily lives. I have children and my household budget would be stretched.

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Mark Goold
Surveyor, 54 (British)
I would approve of the tax increase to 10 percent if the cash raised went towards funding the reconstruction effort after the tsunami.

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