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Amid growing concern that inflation will drag down Japan’s economic recovery, parliament on Tuesday approved an extra budget designed to assuage the impact of soaring prices for oil and other commodities.

The entire ¥2.7 trillion ($21.13 billion) budget, which will be financed by government bonds, is being directed toward a ¥6.2 trillion emergency relief package put together by the administration of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to fend off rising prices. The Russia-Ukraine war has intensified global inflation, while the yen’s value has nosedived in the past few months, inflicting the additional burden of higher import costs.

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