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Experts Urge Japan to Review Medical Goods Supply Chains

Experts Urge Japan to Review Medical Goods Supply Chains

   Tokyo, May 30 (Jiji Press)--Experts in Japan are calling for a review to the country's supply chains for medical products, as some countries are trying to keep such items to themselves amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
   "In an emergency like this, medical supplies and key components such as those related to semiconductors become hard to obtain, because they grow even more important to national security," said Keisuke Hanyuda, partner at Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC.
   He added that the Japanese government should work to ensure that businesses and other facilities in Japan are supplied with such products by supporting companies with a certain level of production capacity through the use of public-private investment funds.
   Hanyuda also stressed the need for international rules that will restrict moves by countries to prioritize themselves through export regulations on face masks, protective clothing and other medical supplies.
   China has been using economic means against Japan and others to achieve its foreign policy goals, Chubu University professor Masahiko Hosokawa said.

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