Minister sorry for controversial policy over liquor-serving eateries

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Japan's minister in charge of the coronavirus response apologized Tuesday for suggesting last week the government plans to ask financial institutions to ensure restaurants and bars will follow the ban on serving alcohol as an anti-virus measure, which triggered a backlash. "What I said caused confusion and given anxiety," Yasutoshi Nishimura told a press conference. "I failed to fully get across the point, so I feel sorry." But he denied having any intention to resign as a minister over the matter. Opposition lawmakers had criticized the minister's suggestion Thursday that the government could...

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