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  • January 21, 2020
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NHK and NTV gave top coverage to reports on the fourth death caused by the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, saying that a total of 218 patients are now said to be infected with the new strain of the virus. The networks said it has been confirmed that the virus can pass from person to person. Other top TV news included a report that former Trade Minister Sugawara, who stepped down in October due to a money scandal, made his first public appearance in three months at the opening of the ordinary Diet session on Monday after suffering from what he described as a sleeping disorder.

 

Major front-page items in national papers included Prime Minister Abe’s policy speech at the Diet on Monday, the first-ever decline in the number of convenience stores in Japan, and a GOJ plan to have Internet and mobile phone users cover part of the cost of installing 5G optical fiber networks across Japan.

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