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Time to fix Japan's testing system as coronavirus slows

Patient's ordeal reveals imbalance between tests for recovery vs new cases

| Japan
Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka notes that some coronavirus patients in Japan undergo 16 or 20 tests to make sure they have recovered. (Source photos by Shihoko Nakaoka and Maho Obata)

Shinya Yamanaka is director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application at Kyoto University. He won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2012 for his research on human cells.

Japan's coronavirus testing -- or lack thereof -- has been one of the biggest question marks throughout the pandemic.

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