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A key ruling coalition leader said Thursday the government should take pump-priming steps if necessary to keep the economy on a steady recovery path.

“There are signs of a burgeoning economic recovery,” said Takenori Kanzaki, leader of New Komeito, in a speech to the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We must take action to keep the economy on a full-fledged (recovery) track.

“If necessary, we must steadily underpin the economy with fiscal spending,” he said.

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