WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Herman Cain's famous 9-9-9 tax proposal has inspired international admiration, and two Japanese activists hope to bring their own version of the Atlanta businessman's plan to their country.
During a private meeting Thursday with Tokyo Tea Party leader Yuya Watase and Jikido "Jay" Aeba of Japan's Happiness Realization Party (HRP), Cain agreed to travel to Japan and speak at events to promote the idea.
"I would love to come and address your event in Japan, if that is something that you all would want me to do. . . . I would be honored to do so," Cain told Aeba and Watase, who have organized public rallies against government proposals for higher taxes in Japan.
Cain's 9-9-9 plan helped boost the retired restaurant executive to the top of the polls in October. His proposal -- which would replace the current tax code with 9 percent flat taxes on personal income, corporate income and retail sales -- was praised by the Wall Street Journal and others who credited Cain's campaign with making tax reform a central focus of the debate among Republican presidential contenders.