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Over 600 people march in Tokyo to demonstrate against sales tax hike

People march to demonstrate against the consumption tax hike to 10% that comes into effect from Oct. 1 in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on Sept. 23, 2019. (Mainichi/Motohiro Negishi)

TOKYO -- More than 600 people marched in the capital's Shinjuku Ward on Sept. 23 to protest against the consumption tax hike from 8% to 10% effective Oct. 1.

The demonstration was organized by a voluntary network led by renowned movie director Yoji Yamada, journalist Takao Saito and other influential people. Karin Amamiya, a female writer known for her political activities for the poor, and Yuzuki Muroi, a female novelist who is a popular TV commentator, also took part in the march.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building and spent about an hour walking in front of the south gate of JR Shinjuku Station and along Yasukuni-dori Street, which is dotted with major department stores. The participants yelled out, "Stop 10% now!"

(Japanese original by Asako Takeuchi, City News Department)

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