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Coronavirus

Japan Self-Defense Forces start mass-vaccination mission

PM taps 'last bastion' to inoculate people 65 and older as Olympics near

Japanese Prime Minister Suga speaks to the media after visiting a large vaccination center in Tokyo on May 24. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- Japan deployed its Self-Defense Forces on Monday to aid in its vaccination drive, offering a much needed helping hand to accelerate inoculations of COVID-19 vaccines targeted at 36 million people over the age of 65.

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