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Abe adopts universal $930 handout as walls close in

Japan's prime minister backtracks after initial handout plan criticized as too limited

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government has decided to give cash handouts of 100,000 yen to every citizen, regardless of income, revising an earlier plan to give grants only to some households.

TOKYO -- Japan plans to send a cash handout of 100,000 yen ($930) to every resident, regardless of income, to lessen the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic after an earlier income support scheme met with resistance.

The government withdrew its proposal to give 300,000 yen to qualified households that had lost income, which was criticized even by some in the ruling coalition as too limited and complicated.

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