Japan not considering new stimulus package, says Finance Minister Suzuki

FILE PHOTO: Japan's new Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki wearing a protective mask, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, speaks at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, October 5, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government is not considering compiling a fresh economic stimulus package as it focuses on passing the fiscal 2022 budget through parliament, Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said on Friday.

The remark, made at a regular news conference, came amid rising calls from lawmakers on the need for additional fiscal stimulus to cushion the economic blow from rising energy prices.

(Reporting by Takaya Yamaguchi, writing by Leika Kihara; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

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