Japan coalition set to unveil economic package

JAPAN - Japan's ruling coalition parties, fuming over a lack of action by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's administration to prop up the ailing economy, are due to unveil their own policy package later on Monday.

The package is expected to include short-term steps to boost the stock market, where the benchmark Nikkei average fell to 19-year lows below 9,000 last week, although not all of its measures are likely to be accepted by the government.

The Nikkei rose more than two percent on Monda