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Japan should step up in Asia's infectious disease fight

World's fastest growing region needs stronger collaboration, experts say

Infectious disease experts discuss a plan to create a new clinical testing center in Asia during a conference in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, on March 4.

NAHA, Japan -- As people and goods move across borders at an ever-accelerating pace, tuberculosis, malaria and other infectious diseases are beginning to pose a particular threat to Asia, experts and policymakers reaffirmed this week during an international conference.

A statement issued on Saturday at the end of the Nikkei Asian Conference on Communicable Diseases stresses the importance of stepping up Japan's public-private efforts to package diagnostic products and remedies as well as containment and preventative measures.

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