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Japan PM contender Kono wants renewable energy, 5G to be focus of stimulus package By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: TaroKono, Japan’s chief vaccine program officer and leading Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), lawmaker attends a news conference to announce his candidacy in the party’s election for president, which took place in Tokyo on September 10, 2021. REUTERS/Issei

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s vaccine minister Taro Kono, a contender to replace Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, said on Thursday any new economic stimulus measures should prioritise spending on renewable energy and expansion of 5G networks nationwide.

Kono stated that the current economic stress caused by the coronavirus outbreak makes it difficult for the government to suddenly change its monetary policy.

Kono is seeking to replace Suga who has resigned as leader of Liberal Democratic Party. Because the party has a majority in parliament’s lower house, the winner will almost certainly be prime minister.

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