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The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled last week an economic package of COVID-19 measures, but the central government has, so far, been unwilling to support direct compensation for firms that agree to shut down at its request under his state of emergency declaration.

Last Tuesday, Abe said it was “impossible” for the government to directly compensate losses among individuals and entrepreneurs, giving the example of government being unable to make up for lost sales at high-class bars and nightclubs.

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