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Abe's barrel-chested stimulus package lacks leg power

Prime minister touts it as world's largest coronavirus relief budget

Commuters depart a train in Tokyo's Shibuya Station on Wednesday. Japan's cabinet has prepared a second round of stimulus measures to boost a coronavirus-battered economy.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called it the largest stimulus package in the world.

The 117.1 trillion yen ($1.09 trillion) second supplementary budget that was approved by the Japanese cabinet on Wednesday, when put together with an earlier supplementary budget, brings total stimulus measures to 230 trillion yen.

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