UPDATE 1-Japan weighs options to cut budget deficit – Nikkei

April 21 (BestGrowthStock) – In an attempt to scale back the
nation’s huge budget deficit, Japan is considering adopting a
new numerical target, with two options now on the table, the
Nikkei business daily said.

The new target will be incorporated into a fiscal reform
bill being drafted by the government and ruling coalition
officials, the daily said.

According to the paper, the target will be expressed as
either the primary balance, which shows the degree to which a
government can cover its expenditures without issuing bonds, or
as the ratio of budget deficit to gross domestic product, a
yardstick used by the European Union.

The draft bill targets to halve the primary balance deficit
of the central and local governments in fiscal 2015 and achieve
a surplus by fiscal 2020, the daily said.

According to the Cabinet Office, the primary balance
deficit will come to an estimated 33.5 trillion yen ($362.4
billion) in fiscal 2010, the Nikkei said.

The paper said it was still not known if the legislation
will involve the timing and size of any consumption tax hike.
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(Reporting by Vinay Sarawagi in Bangalore; Editing by Maju
Samuel)

UPDATE 1-Japan weighs options to cut budget deficit – Nikkei