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COVID vaccines

Analog Japan's paper-only vaccine certificates worry airlines

Digital records seen as key to travel industry's recovery from COVID-19

ANA and other airlines are beginning to try out vaccine certificate apps like the IATA Travel Pass. (Photo by Hajime Matsumoto)

TOKYO -- Japan is set to start issuing paper certificates for coronavirus vaccination -- a slow rollout typical for a country struggling with digitization. And the lack of digital options has raised concerns among airlines eager to revive international travel.

"Other countries are making strides in digital certificates, and quickly," said All Nippon Airways Executive Vice President Juichi Hirasawa. "Japan must not fall behind."

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