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Turkey opens Japan-funded hospital as virus spreads

Erdogan says latest facility 'will play a critical role' in coronavirus battle

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the opening ceremony of a hospital in Istanbul on May 21. (Anadolu Agency)

ISTANBUL -- A giant 2,700-bed hospital was opened by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 21, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joining the opening ceremony via videoconference, as the largest city in Turkey struggles with the new coronavirus.

Japan's trading house Sojitz is 30% stakeholder in the public-private partnership, in which Japanese financial institutions loaned 163 billion yen for the 200 billion yen project, including the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

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