ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
Coronavirus

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.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more