Japan PM Calls for Taiwan’s Participation in WHO

Community health workers check the temperature of a person who recently returned from Hubei Province, center of a virus outbreak, in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Chinatopix via AP)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization is necessary to effectively fight the spread of a new coronavirus.

“It will be difficult to maintain health and prevent further infections in this region if (Taiwan) is excluded for political reasons,” Abe said during a parliamentary session. “We will continue to make our country’s stance clear at the WHO.”

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