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Japanese Prime Minister Suga is pushing aside calls for additional budget amid a pandemic

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan on May 7, 2021. Hiro Komae / Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday brushed aside calls for a supplementary budget to be drawn up in support of a pandemic-stricken economy.

“The government has reserved reserves that it can use for emergency spending” to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, Suga told parliament in response to a lawmaker calling for an additional budget.

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