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Japanese ruling party official calls for $930 payouts - media

Japanese ruling party official calls for $930 payouts - media
Wednesday, 15 April, 2020, 17:15

A leader of Japan’s ruling party said on Tuesday that he would ask the government to give every citizen 100,000 yen ($930) as additional step to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus impact, media reported.

Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), also said the government would need to prepare a second extra budget for such cash payments.

“As the LDP, we will strongly request the government to carry out swiftly what it can do,” the Nikkei business newspaper quoted Nikai as saying.

Nikai was not available for comment. Government officials were also not immediately available for comment on his proposal.

The government announced an economic package last week including cash payouts of 300,000 yen for households whose income has been hit by the coronavirus.