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Stimulus package should allay fears by protecting those most in need

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned the public last weekend to expect a prolonged battle against the novel coronavirus as the number of COVID-19 cases sharply increased around the nation, including the capital city.

“At this present moment, there is not one world leader who can predict when this battle will end,” Abe said at a news conference.

People are being urged to stay home on weekends and at night, and their daily worries are deepening.

The government is expected to announce its third emergency stimulus package as early as next week. With a long battle ahead, the package needs to allay people’s anxiety by reassuring them of the government’s commitment to protect their jobs and daily lives.

Specific measures under consideration include cash payouts to households and small and medium-sized businesses that have experienced sharp drops in income. Also on the table are a one-year extension of tax........

© The Asahi Shimbun