Japan must issue bonds to fund pandemic-relief steps, PM Kishida says

Japan is still in a crisis situation

  
Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who is also the ruling Liberal Democratic Party President, attends a debate session with other leaders of Japan's main political parties ahead of October 31, 2021 lower house election, at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo, Japan October 18 , 2021.

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who is also the ruling Liberal Democratic Party President, attends a debate session with other leaders of Japan's main political parties ahead of October 31, 2021 lower house election, at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo, Japan October 18 , 2021.

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TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday the country must issue government bonds to fund policies aimed at helping the public weather the hit from the coronavirus pandemic.

"Japan is still in a crisis situation. To protect people's lives and livelihood, we should decisively resort to government bond issuance to fund necessary policies," he said in a party debate ahead of a lower house election scheduled on Oct. 31.

(Reporting by Leika Kihara and Kantaro Komiya; Editing by Himani Sarkar)


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