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Japan shifts COVID policy to test asymptomatic people for free

In discarding limited approach, nation strives to prevent possible 6th wave

The Japanese government intends to get ahead of a possible winter wave of infections by offering free tests.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will start providing free COVID and antigen tests for symptom-free people, Nikkei has learned, as the new administration readies stronger coronavirus responses ahead of a possible sixth wave.

Until now, PCR tests for the coronavirus had been free only to those that experienced feverlike symptoms or those who had been in close contact with COVID patients. Doctor and public health center approvals were also required.

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