Japan considers allocating $257B just to service its debts

|By:, SA News Editor

Japan's Ministry of Finance reportedly wants to allocate a record ¥25.3T ($257B) just to service the country's mammoth debt of ¥1,000T ($10T) - which is double the size of its economy - for the next fiscal year.

The expected provision is 13.7% higher than for this FY, indicating how the ministry wants to guard against a possible rise in long-term interest rates.

The speculation comes as Japan debates whether to increase sales tax, a move seen as important for dealing with the country's debt but also as possibly hurting its nascent growth.

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