Other factors included increased public works spending, reduction of the official discount rate （to a record low of 0.5% in September 1995 in a move to counteract the high yen）, and a surge in consumer spending in anticipation of a consumption tax hike （from 3% to 5% in April 1997）."NIPO-056", "2426770"
In that instance, Koizumi ordered the government's Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy to incorporate such important policies as the 30 trillion yen cap on issuance of government bonds and trimming of pork-barrel expenditures by 10 percent without prior consultation.〔【出典】日英新聞記事対応付けデータ（独立行政法人情報通信研究機構）〕
He said he would make public investments to overcome the present economic crisis.〔【出典】Catch a Wave, 2009年2月27日号◆【出版社】株式会社浜島書店 〕
Things never improved although the confused government lowered taxes several times, introduced public funds for helping out banks and announced large-scale public investments.〔【出典】Hiragana Times, 1998年7月号◆【出版社】株式会社ヤック企画 〕"HT141068", "2529535"