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Ads touting quack coronavirus cures rampant in Japan

Nikkei survey finds 20% of anti-viral goods sold online make dubious claims

Advertismements for products making unproven or exaggerated claims to prevent or cure COVID-19 have popped up on big e-commerce sites in Japan. © Illustration by Michael Tsang

TOKYO -- Dubious cures for the novel coronavirus have popped up on e-commerce sites in Japan, prompting a government watchdog to warn consumers about unproven treatments and disinfectants. A survey conducted by Nikkei shows good cause for concern. 

The Consumer Affairs Agency warned in March of widespread online advertisements for health food products and room disinfectants with unproven claims of effectiveness against the coronavirus.

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