Japan Could Run Out of Cash by October!Submitted by Peace Gold Love on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 08:11
By Stanley White | Reuters
TOKYO, July 6 (Reuters) - Japan's government could run out of money by the end of October, halting all state spending including salaries, pensions and unemployment benefits, because of a standoff in parliament that has blocked a bill to finance the deficit.
The deficit financing bill, which would allow the government to sell bonds needed to fund almost half of the budget, has languished in parliament as the ruling Democratic Party tussles with opposition parties that can use their control of the upper house to reject legislation.
"Without this bill, the budget will collapse," Finance Minister Jun Azumi said on Friday, pleading for cooperation from the two largest opposition parties.
"It doesn't matter which party is in power. I really hope that we can get a multi-partisan agreement on the deficit bill."
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