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Japan's contact-tracing app for Covid-19 to be operated by health ministry

By Sachiko Sakamaki
  • 11 May 2020 05:50
  • 19 Jan 2021 12:58
The Japanese government has appointed the health ministry to operate a contact-tracing app to fight Covid-19, rather than the private sector. Although the government is taking measures to safeguard privacy, doubts remain about how widely the app will be used in Japan, given data breaches related to novel coronavirus and public skepticism

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Sachiko Sakamaki

Senior Correspondent, Tokyo


Sachiko covers antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data security, as well as patent disputes related to connected cars. She has an undergraduate degree from Waseda University in Tokyo and a master's degree in communications from United States International (now Alliant International) University in California. She previously worked as a journalist for Time magazine, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Bloomberg News, and the Washington Post in Japan.

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