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Japan’s Suga signals readiness to compile 3rd extra budget to fight pandemic

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary attends a news conference, in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japans Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Thursday signaled readiness to compile a third extra budget to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic if he succeeds outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“I will do what needs to be done while watching circumstances,” Suga, seen as the frontrunner to succeed Abe, told a Fuji TV programme.

Suga also said he would consider what people want the government to do amid the pandemic, when asked whether as premier he would call a snap election, adding that “it would depend on circumstances”.

Suga stuck with his stance of cutting mobile phone services fees in Japan.

“Large-volume cellphones remain in the state of oligopoly of 90% by three carriers with the world’s most expensive fees. I’d like to take drastic measures and lower the fees by around 40%.”

(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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