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Undertesting in Japan could breed false sense of complacency; Japanese business leaders urge more tests as govt acknowledges high risk of spread, takes steps towards declaring emergency

Mar 27, 2020 - The Straits Times (Singapore)

Japan, which has taken a much more relaxed approach to fighting the coronavirus than other countries, is being forced to re-assess its measures amid warnings that it is on the verge of an "explosion" in cases.

The government acknowledged a "high risk of spread" yesterday and established a special coronavirus headquarters, setting the stage for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency.

Such a declaration allows the authorities to ask people to stay home. But with th...