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SoftBank sets up subsidiary for COVID-19 testing

Tech investor aims to offer 'low cost and high frequency' saliva PCR tests

SoftBank Group is establishing a subsidiary to offer saliva-based coronavirus tests. (Source photos by Takaki Kashiwabara and Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- SoftBank Group on Wednesday said it established a subsidiary to offer saliva-based coronavirus tests, as Japan continues to grapple with the spread of COVID-19.

The new company, Coronavirus Inspection Center Corp., aims to offer "low cost and high frequency" saliva-based polymerase chain reaction tests, SoftBank said. With the cooperation of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, it will begin testing employees as well as its baseball team players.

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