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Abe vows subsidies as coronavirus forces Japan school closures

PM offers help for working parents, insists Olympics are still on

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explains his coronavirus response in Tokyo on Feb. 29. (Photo by Taro Yokosawa)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday said his government will provide subsidies to help working parents cope with school closures aimed at containing the new coronavirus.

"We need to resort to every possible means" to stop the virus, Abe told reporters in a rare weekend news conference where he addressed everything from testing and toilet paper shortages to talk of canceling the Olympics.

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