February 17, 2020 / 12:43 AM / 2 months ago

Japan ready to take steps vs virus impact on tourism: 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

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Monday the government was ready to take all necessary steps flexibly with an eye on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the economy and tourism.

“The government had hoped Japan’s economy would continue a moderate recovery. But we must be vigilant against the impact of the coronavirus on domestic and overseas economies,” Nishimura said in a statement after the release of October-December gross domestic product (GDP) data.

Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim

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