Japan strong growth paves way for 2nd Consumption Tax rise
Following a sharp decline in economic performance following the Japanese Consumption Tax rise to 8% in April 2015, growth has returned to the country paving the way for the second rise.
The 2nd sales tax hike to 10% was announced at the time of the first in 2012. It is part of a plan to help fund the social security costs of a rapidly aging population. One of the conditions of both tax rises is that the economy is growing at at least 3% per annum.
Latest forecasts suggest Japan will return to 2.7% growth in the second half of 2014, which compares to a near 5% shrinkage in the second quarter of the year. This was largely due to spending being brought forward to the first quarter in anticipation of the April tax hike.