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Abe adopts universal $930 handout as walls close in

TOKYO — Japan plans to send a cash handout of 100,000 yen ($930) to every resident, regardless of income, to lessen the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic after an earlier income support scheme met with resistance.

The government withdrew its proposal to give 300,000 yen to qualified households that had lost income, which was criticized even by some in the ruling coalition as too limited and complicated.

“We need a measure that will pay benefits to more people,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday night in a meeting of the government’s coronavirus task force.

The decision came as Abe 

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