Japan to Put New Flu Law into Force Friday

The Japanese government plans to put a new law into force as early as Friday to fight a possible spread of highly virulent flu strains, informed sources said Monday.

The move comes in response to China’s outbreak of the H7N9 bird flu strain.

The law, enacted in April last year, was previously set to take effect in May.

In the event of an outbreak of highly virulent flu, the law allows prefectural governors to order the cancellation of meetings and the suspension of operations at entertainment facilities, and expropriate drugs and foods from companies.

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