The country’s record stimulus package to try to offset the effects of the pandemic includes US$2 billion for companies shifting production back to Japan.
Japan to pay firms to leave China, relocate production elsewhere as part of coronavirus stimulus
- More than US$2 billion of the country’s record economic stimulus package will be used to help companies move production away from China
- The move coincides with what should have been a celebration of friendlier ties between the two countries, before the pandemic struck
The extra budget, compiled to try to offset the devastating effects of the pandemic, includes 220 billion yen (US$2 billion) for companies shifting production back to Japan and 23.5 billion yen for those seeking to move production to other countries, according to details of the plan posted online.
In another step welcomed in Japan, China declared Avigan, an antiviral produced by Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings. to be an effective treatment for the coronavirus, even though it has yet to be approved for that use by the Japanese. Yet many in Japan are inclined to blame China for mishandling the early stages of the outbreak and Abe for not blocking visitors from China sooner.
Meanwhile, other issues that have deeply divided the neighbours – including a territorial dispute over East China Sea islands that brought them close to a military clash in 2012-13 – are no nearer resolution.
Chinese government ships have continued their patrols around the Japanese-administered islands throughout the crisis, with Japan saying four Chinese ships on Wednesday entered what it sees as its territorial waters.