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Japan and Europe are expected to inject billions into their economies.

On Wednesday, two of the world’s largest economies said they would inject billions of dollars to support businesses, industries and individuals hard hit by the coronavirus.

Japan and Europe, the first two victims of the pandemic that recently started to reopen after long stops, resisted the austerity forces to adopt stimulus packages.

The Japanese cabinet approved more than $ 1 trillion in stimulus funds on Wednesday, including a combination of business and personal grants. Parliament is expected to approve the measure next month.

The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, has also said it will present a plan of action worth 750 billion euros, or about 826 billion dollars. One measure considered was a proposal by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron a € 500 billion pooled fund for European Union countries severely affected by the virus.

But it was not as easy to reach the hungry. His first attempt to deliver food to a nursing home in southern India collapsed when the delivery boy disappeared with more than 2,000 pounds of rice and nearly 900 pounds of lentils.

As countries in the Asia-Pacific region gradually open up after months of foreclosure, officials have struggled to find that elusive balance between getting people back to work and keeping the virus at bay.


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