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Diamond Princess steals wind from Japan cruise sector's sails

Regulators and operators have yet to agree on safety standards

The Asuka II underwent a major overhaul this spring but has yet to welcome passengers again.

TOKYO -- The coronavirus outbreak aboard the Diamond Princess cruise liner earlier this year has essentially shut down Japan's cruise business to this date, with an industry once deemed crucial to a local tourism revival now fighting for its own survival.

All three large cruise vessels operated by Japanese companies remain in port, including Nippon Yusen's Asuka II, which completed this spring a renovation costing tens of millions of dollars.

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