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Japan cancels emperor Naruhito's birthday event over Wuhan coronavirus

Christian Fernsby |
The fear of Wuhan coronavirus prompted Japanese imperial house to cancel event to celebrate monarch’s birthday, local media reported yesterday.

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Japan’s Imperial Household Agency confirmed it canceled the birthday event for Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace scheduled for Sunday, Kyodo News reported.

"We made the decision to cancel the public event at the palace, which is attended every year by many people in close proximity, after considering the risk of the virus spreading," Kenji Ikeda, spokesman for Japan’s imperial house, told a news conference.

The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, central China last December and has killed more than 1,700 people so far. Three deaths, including one in Japan, reported outside China.

The event would be the first birthday celebration of Naruhito who is turning 60 as Japan’s emperor.

February 1, 2020

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