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Japan to resume swine fever vaccinations in parts of country

Ministry changes course after yearlong struggle to contain outbreak among pigs

Pigs being slaughtered at a farm in Saitama Prefecture, east of Tokyo: Japan's outbreak differs from the African swine fever ravaging other Asian nations.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has decided to vaccinate pigs in some parts of the country amid a swine fever outbreak that began a year ago and has since spread across several prefectures.

The ministry has been trying to contain the virus by slaughtering infected pigs. But seeing no end in sight and coming under increasing pressure from pig farmers to brandish a stronger weapon, the ministry has settled on a vaccination program.

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