Japan consumer inflation rises 3.2% on-year in April after tax hike

Japanese consumer inflation rose 3.2 percent year-on-year in April after the nation`s sales tax was hiked that month while household spending plunged, the government said Friday.

Not leaving France over tax dispute: Monica Bellucci

Actress Monica Bellucci insists that her planned move from France to Brazil has nothing to do with an upcoming tax hike which prompted actor Gerard Depardieu to flee the European country.

Opposition blasts DPJ, Kan on consumption tax hike proposal

Opposition parties have blasted DPJ President and Japanese PM Naoto Kan for rushing to propose a consumption tax hike.