Japan extends fuel subsidies to counter inflation until end-April

An employee of Cosmo Energy Holdings
An employee of Cosmo Energy Holdings' Cosmo Oil service station checks its nozzles at a branch in Tokyo, Japan, December 16, 2015. Picture taken December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will extend its current fuel subsidies to cushion the impact of energy inflation on households and businesses to the end of April, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday.

Kishida told reporters he would order the government as early as next week to compile additional emergency countermeasures for rising prices of oil and other goods by the end of April.

(Reporting by Kentaro Sugiyama and Kantaro Komiya)

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