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Japanese coronavirus test for business travelers costs $370

'Proof of no infection' certificates can be produced quickly for busy people

Shimadzu's saliva test can yield results in as little as an hour. (Photo by Kenya Akama)

KYOTO -- Japanese precision instruments maker Shimadzu begins conducting coronavirus tests Tuesday for people who need proof of negative results to travel overseas, as countries reopen their doors to foreign travelers.

The company will check saliva samples collected by a Kyoto clinic and sent to specialized facilities. The polymerase chain reaction test can be completed in as little as an hour, and patients who have a sample submitted by 11 a.m. can receive their results that evening. Shimadzu says it can process up to 150 tests daily.

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