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Coronavirus

Vaccine 'passports' spark discrimination fears in Japan

Government says certificates will only be used for flights, not domestically

 A medical worker conducts a coronavirus test at Narita International Airport.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan aims to use its planned certificates for coronavirus vaccine recipients primarily for international travel, concerned that requiring them in domestic settings like events and restaurants could lead to discrimination against those who have not received the shot.

The government envisions launching digital certificates when it starts vaccinating the elderly as early as April.

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