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Japan PM Abe orders govt to take steps vs virus impact on economy

TOKYO, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered his government to take "all necessary steps" to mitigate the impact of the coronovirus outbreak on the economy, including tapping state budget reserves, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Friday.

"There's a risk the coronovirus outbreak could hurt consumption, so we need to watch developments carefully," Nishimura told reporters after a regular cabinet meeting.

"The impact on inbound tourism is also a concern," he said. (Reporting by Yoshifumi Takemoto; Writing by Leika Kihara; Editing by Tom Hogue)