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Japan had no excess deaths in 1st 4 months of year despite COVID

Social restrictions resulted in fewer fatal accidents and suicides: health ministry

A crowd of commuters at a Tokyo railway station in early July. While five prefectures recorded a combined 138 excess deaths from January through April, Japan as a whole didn't experience any.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's mortality rate for the first four months of the year shows no remarkable appreciation of deaths, with only a handful of prefectures recording more deaths than usual.

This rate contrasts with those compiled by Europe and the U.S., where deaths have increased far beyond the numbers of average years due to struggles with the novel coronavirus.

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