Japan's consumption helped by declining coronavirus infections - economy minister

FILE PHOTO: Japan's minister in charge of economic revitalisation and measures for the novel coronavirus pandemic Yasutoshi Nishimura attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's declining trend in new coronavirus infections is helping private consumption recover, especially in regions that are not implementing quasi-emergency curbs, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Tuesday.

"The number of infections nationwide is on a declining trend, settling down," Nishimura told a news conference after a cabinet meeting.

"As (infections) are settling down nationwide, consumption is gradually returning in various areas," he said.

(Reporting by Daniel Leussink)

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