Gambler to pay back Japanese Covid-19 fund he spent

A man who gambled away a huge Covid-19 relief handout after receiving the money mistakenly says he will pay Japanese authorities back "bit by bit", according to local media.

The man was mistakenly sent 46.3m yen ($357,400; £287,000) in April which was supposed to be shared among 463 people in a town in western Japan.

"I feel very sorry that I used it up," the man said according to his lawyer.

The southern town of Abu is suing the man and is considering criminal action.

The bank transfer mistake happened when 463 low-income households were meant to receive a cash pay-out each as part of a government scheme to ease financial strain caused by the pandemic.

An investigation has since found that the man - who is reportedly 24 years old - withdrew 600,000 yen ($4,600; £3,700) every day for about two weeks, SIA reports quoting the local media report.

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