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New China virus' arrival in Japan raises alarm over screening

Confirmation took nine days after traveler's return from Wuhan

Posters alert incoming travelers about the new virus at Narita Airport outside Tokyo.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The report Thursday of Japan's first case of the new coronavirus that emerged in China last month has underscored issues with Tokyo's defenses against cross-border outbreaks as the region's busiest travel season of the year begins.

A 30-something resident of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. This was nine days after his return from a visit to Wuhan, the eastern Chinese city where the virus appears to have originated.

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