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Japan's readiness to fight outbreak called into question

Experts say response to outbreak was very basic and zoning on cruise ship was chaotic

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in Japan, criticism is also mounting over the government's response to the outbreak both on land and on board the Diamond Princess cruise liner.

Several Cabinet ministers, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, are taking heat for skipping coronavirus task force meetings to attend private functions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2020, with the headline 'Japan's readiness to fight outbreak called into question'. Print Edition | Subscribe