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Abe urges people to apply online for swift $930 payments

Prime minister acknowledges heavy reliance on China for protective gear

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters in Tokyo. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to see people apply for universal 100,000 yen ($930) cash payouts online or via mail to ensure the assistance gets to them quickly, possibly in May. 

"Unity with the people is important to overcome the fight against the virus, which could become protracted," the prime minister told a press conference Friday, explaining the cash assistance. 

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