Japan may need extra budget as it hikes sales tax: Finance minister

Japan's Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso gestures as he delivers a speech in Tokyo on June 28, 2013. Mr Aso said on Tuesday the government may need to compile an extra budget to moderate fluctuations in the economy potentially caused by an
Japan's Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso gestures as he delivers a speech in Tokyo on June 28, 2013. Mr Aso said on Tuesday the government may need to compile an extra budget to moderate fluctuations in the economy potentially caused by an expected sales tax hike in April next year. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday the government may need to compile an extra budget to moderate fluctuations in the economy potentially caused by an expected sales tax hike in April next year.

The government will decide on whether to go ahead with the sales tax hike by looking at the April-June GDP figures, although the decision should be made sooner rather than later, Mr Aso said at a news conference.