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COVID vaccines

Japan Inc comes together to accelerate vaccination rollout

The inoculation laggard intends to deliver 1m injections a day and boost economy

Japanese companies are jumping at the chance to involve themselves in the country's slow-going inoculation drive. (Source photos by Yuki Nakao and Hirofumi Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- Corporate Japan is taking the vaccination baton from the government, with some companies ready to start providing shots to their employees this month, eager to secure their workplaces and get the economy moving.

Such private sector involvement is a first for Japan, but the government's inoculation efforts have been lagging. Less than 3% of the country's population is fully vaccinated, far less than in any other developed economy.

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