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Japan readies 30-minute saliva test for all international travelers

Shionogi to mass-produce coronavirus kits in preparation for fall

Japan seeks a coronavirus test that is easier and faster than the PCR diagnostic exam. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- Japanese pharmaceutical company Shionogi will sign a licensing agreement this month aimed at mass-producing a proposed coronavirus test that provides faster results without requiring special equipment or technicians, the company announced on Monday.

The test was developed by Nihon University professor Masayasu Kuwahara and his team. If it proves effective, Shionogi will seek approval from Japan's health ministry, hoping to commercialize the test this fall.

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