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Tokyo lockdown would have ‘huge’ impact on economy: Nishimura

TOKYO (Reuters) – A lockdown of major Japanese cities like Tokyo and Osaka to halt the spread of the coronavirus would have a “huge” impact on the economy, Yasutoshi Nishimura, the country’s economy minister, said on Tuesday.

Nishimura also said Japan was not a situation now where it needed to declare a state of emergency and the government would consider if it needed to so “comprehensively”.

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher)