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The House of Representatives Wednesday approved a draft second extra budget for fiscal 2020 totaling ¥31.91 trillion ($296 billion), to provide additional funding to front-line medical workers and support people reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

The country’s largest-ever supplementary budget, submitted to parliament by the government Monday and also backed by almost all opposition parties, is expected to clear the House of Councilors on Friday for enactment.

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