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The Lower House approved a third extra budget for fiscal 2020 on Tuesday totaling ¥19.18 trillion to fund further steps to counter the pandemic, over opposition objections that it doesn’t sufficiently prioritize aid for medical care. A torrent of ugly economic stats from 2020 released this month have brought a bunch of reminders of why support is needed:

A man and woman take a selfie in the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo on Jan. 10. | REUTERS
A man and woman take a selfie in the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo on Jan. 10. | REUTERS

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