Japan's stimulus to boost real GDP by 4.4%: economy minister

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura attends a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s new economic stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic is estimated to boost real gross domestic product by about 4.4%, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Friday.

Nishimura also said the government would hold a meeting of experts to decide whether to extend the country’s state of emergency beyond May 6. He did not say when the meeting would be held.

Japan has boosted its new economic stimulus package to a record $1.1 trillion to expand cash payouts to its citizens, as the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic threatens to push the world’s third-largest economy deeper into recession.

Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher