• Kyodo


The Lower House approved Tuesday a third supplementary budget for fiscal 2020 totaling ¥19.18 trillion ($185 billion) to fund additional government measures to counter the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The extra budget, submitted to the Lower House last week together with a draft budget for fiscal 2021 starting April, is expected to clear the House of Councilors on Thursday for enactment, despite opposition criticism that it does not sufficiently prioritize support for medical care over nonurgent projects.

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