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Economy

Size of Japan's virus package rises to record $1.09tn

Increased generosity comes from new plan for $930 handout to every resident

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under pressure from ruling coalition partner Komeito to swap out his plan for 300,000 yen handouts specifically for workers harmed by the pandemic. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government on Monday increased its emergency package to cushion the economy from the coronavirus pandemic fallout to a record 117.1 trillion yen ($1.09 trillion) from 108.2 trillion yen.

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