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Japan Defends Coupon Distribution Despite Criticism Over Cost

Japan defended its plans to use vouchers in a program providing Covid relief to families with children amid criticism that the coupons, which will add nearly $1 billion in costs, are an unnecessary expenditure.

Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said Friday the costs for vouchers weren’t too high compared with similar projects in the past and the coupons would be an effective economic stimulus. He told a briefing that by limiting the use of the coupons to childcare and setting an expiration date, “we can provide benefits efficiently in terms of stimulating consumption without waste.”