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Coronavirus

Japan's prime minister calls for 2 weeks of event cancellations

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Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe, right, speaks during a meeting of a government task force on the new coronavirus on Feb. 26 in Tokyo. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe requested Wednesday to either cancel, postpone or reduce the size of any nationwide sports and cultural events for the next two weeks, amid increasing confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in various parts of the country.

"The next one or two weeks are extremely important to prevent the spread of infection," Abe told a meeting of a government task force on coronavirus composed of health and other ministers.

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