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Nobel laureate says central command a must to beat pandemics

Japan badly needs a CDC in its war on the coronavirus, immunologist Honjo argues

Tasuku Honjo received the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine in 2018.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The COVID-19 pandemic shows just how ill-prepared Japan is to handle a medical crisis, Nobel Prize-winning immunologist Tasuku Honjo told Nikkei.

The Kyoto University professor won the award in physiology or medicine with former University of California researcher James Allison in 2018 for groundbreaking contributions to cancer therapy. In a recent interview, Honjo likened outbreak response to war and urged a stronger link between science and policy.

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