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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread, in Tokyo
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference where he announces an extension of the nation’s state of emergency amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo, Japan May 4, 2020. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS

May 11, 2020

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday the government was ready to take further steps to ease the economic pain from the coronavirus pandemic.

“If we decide thatditional steps are needed, we will take bold and timely action,” Abe told parliament, when asked by an opposition lawmaker whether the government will compile a second supplementary budget to fundditional steps to combat the economic fallout from the pandemic.

(Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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