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Japan pays $38 hazard bonus to troops on coronavirus duty

Daily allowance raised as 2,700 SDF members risked exposure in cruise ship response

Self-Defense Forces personnel work outside the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at a port in Yokohama.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces and health ministry staff who have responded to the coronavirus outbreak will receive a special daily bonus of up to 4,000 yen ($38).

Those eligible include public servants who worked aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined at Yokohama with thousands of passengers and crew on board, and at lodging facilities for Japanese citizens who were brought back from the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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