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Japan dependent on foreign medical equipment to combat coronavirus

  • May 12, 2020
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei reported in its lead item that Japan’s medical sector is highly dependent on foreign equipment, as 90% of ventilators and 50% of active pharmaceutical ingredients are of foreign origin. A vast quantity of the masks, gowns, and other protective equipment used by local medical practitioners is imported from China. As many foreign governments have restricted exports of medical equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic, the daily said Japan’s heavy reliance on foreign supplies has revealed the vulnerability of its medical system. The GOJ is now reportedly joining hands with some 400 Japanese firms to increase the domestic production of medical equipment to better prepare for contagious diseases in the future.

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