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The news is crossing the wires via NHK, Japan’s national broadcasting organization, that Prime Minister Abe is considered the request made by the coalition partner to pay a cash handout of 100,000 yen per month. 

The initial plan was to provide 300,000 yen (2,800 U.S. dollars), to households whose monthly income has dropped to a certain level in one month between February to June, according to news reports released Tuesday. 

Most nations have recently resorted to direct cash transfers or handouts to individuals as a way to help cushion the economy against the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic.