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Japan's COVID penalty law: five things to know

Tokyo makes first move to impose rules with fines as Olympics nears

A medical personnel works at the Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital, the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus disease in Tokyo. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- Japan, in full reversal of its voluntary compliance approach, enacted bills on Wednesday to fine violators of social distancing rules, as the country sharply steps up its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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