Japan's tax 'will damage economy', says Heizo Takenaka
In a move that has run into criticism, the Japanese government is planning to fund rising welfare costs by increasing the consumption tax.
Currently standing at 5%, the tax will double by the middle of this decade. The increase will be introduced in stages, in order to minimise the risk of a slump in consumption.
Still, the plan has many critics. One of them is former economics minister Heizo Takenaka.