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EDITORIAL: LDP candidates must disclose plans for funding their policies

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22.09.2021

Financial stimulus would bring much-needed relief to people who are struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

But if it is nothing more than the promise of a lavish government spending plan made in consideration of an imminent Lower House election, we might as well just forget it.

For any stimulus program to be taken seriously, it must offer mid- to long-term fiscal management plans that are open to in-depth public debate.

One of the focal campaign issues in the current Liberal Democratic Party presidential race is the substance of the party's economic measures that will come under close scrutiny after the new president assumes office.

Where fiscal support for pandemic-hit businesses is concerned, all four candidates are practically on the same page.

But with respect to cash handouts to individual citizens, beneficiaries are limited only to needy households in the programs proposed by three of the candidates: Taro Kono, minister of administrative and regulatory reform; former party policy........

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