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SoftBank opens Japan coronavirus testing capacity

Tech group offers $19 saliva PCR test for companies and local governments

SoftBank's PCR testing facility in Chiba prefecture. (Photo by Shihoko Nakaoka)

TOKYO -- SoftBank Group on Thursday said it began operating a coronavirus testing facility in the outskirts of Tokyo targeting local governments and companies, the largest testing operation by the private sector in Japan.

The testing center is inside Kohnodai Hospital, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, in Chiba prefecture, east of the capital, and is run by a recently established SoftBank subsidiary, Coronavirus Inspection Center. SoftBank said it has a capacity of 4,000 tests per day and aims to ramp up to 10,000 tests per day by November.

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