Ready to top up fiscal spending if COVID-19 hits economy: Japanese PM Abe

Topics Shinzo Abe | Japan | Coronavirus

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday his government was ready to deploy further fiscal stimulus measures if needed to protect the country's already fragile economy from the negative effects of the coronavirus. Abe, who has come under fire for his handling of the crisis, has pledged to focus over the next couple weeks on halting the spread of the virus in Japan, where the number of infections has almost reached 1,000.

Twelve people have died. The outbreak comes at a critical time for Japan, raising the spectre of.

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