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Japan must face up to growing danger of drug-resistant germs

To protect aging population, country needs to foster antibiotic development

| Japan
Illustration of an antimicrobial-resistant bacteria on the colon epithelium: The world can no longer afford to take antibiotics for granted.   © SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/AP

Ryoji Noritake is chief executive of Health and Global Policy Institute, an independent think tank based in Tokyo. Michael Hodin is chief executive of the Global Coalition on Aging, which provides business perspectives on aging-related policy and strategy.

In the wake of more than 6.4 million COVID-19 deaths worldwide and unprecedented economic destruction, the global community has no excuse to be caught unprepared for the next pandemic.

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