Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita, already battered by charges of government corruption, angered Japanese consumers Saturday by introducing a sales tax on most daily necessities.

The newspaper Asahi Shimbun called on Takeshita to resign both because of the 3 percent sales tax and the Recruit financial scandal."I don't understand why they had to tax almost everything, like bread and milk," said housewife Keiko Hasegawa. "All I know is I am suddenly having to pay a lot more for everything, and I am fed up."