[Global Network Reporter Wang Huan] The National Institute of Infectious Diseases of Japan said on November 15 that due to the increase in foreign tourists visiting Japan, Ebola haemorrhagic fever, etc. Infectious patients with high mortality rates are more likely to enter the country. In order to strengthen the inspection system, they are interested in importing five infectious diseases. According to the Kyodo News Agency, these are viruses that do not exist in Japan, and there is no precedent for planned imports. At the consultation meeting with residents near the operating facilities held in the city of Musashimura, Tokyo, the institute proposed the plan and strived to obtain consent through several briefing sessions.
Regarding the import time, the person in charge of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan said that it was before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, but also pointed out that “will avoid rushing and will advance on the basis of local understanding” ;, not as an absolute deadline.
The subject is a pathogenic virus of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, South American hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, and Marburg disease. The virus will be processed in Japan’s only Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory located in the city’s “Investigate Village”. The facility is allowed to hold these viruses on the basis of a high level of anti-leakage countermeasures.