Japan enacts additional budget to fund economic recovery package
Japan enacted a record 36.0 trillion yen (US$320 billion) as part of its supplementary budget for fiscal 2021, aimed at partially financing the government’s latest COVID-19 recovery package to support the economy.
To cover most of the supplementary budget, the government will have to issue new bonds worth 22.1 trillion yen (US$194 billion), with the outstanding balance of government bonds — which need to be cleared by tax revenue — expected to top 1,000 trillion yen (US$8.8 trillion) by March, according to The Mainichi.
With the package, the government is also preparing for another wave of COVID-19 infections that it expects could happen over winter amid fears of the ease of spread of the Omicron strain.
Some 31.6 trillion yen (US$278 billion) has been allocated for the government’s new stimulus plan, with fiscal spending amounting to 55.7 trillion yen (US$490 billion).
The government has also set aside 1.2 trillion yen (US$10.56 billion), in which it plans to dole out 100,000 yen (US$880) in cash and vouchers for children aged 18 or younger in households where the primary earner’s annual income is less than 9.6 million yen (US$84,478).