Japan to Study Quarantine for N.Korean Boat People

  • By Kim Soo-hye

    November 14, 2017 10:15

    Japan has recently launched a task force who will come up with quarantine measures for a mass influx of North Korean boat people fleeing a war on the Korean Peninsula, Japanese media reported Monday.

    The Japanese Health Ministry believes that large numbers of North Koreans will flee in wooden boats if North Korea continues its nuclear weapons development and an emergency breaks out.

    The group of experts is tasked with working out what measures will be needed once the boats reach Japan, according to NHK.

    The ministry asked a team that has been working on quarantine measures for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics to work on the new question as well and come up with recommendations by next February.

    The reason is that refugee shelters in Europe report increasing outbreaks of measles, rubella and hepatitis A. Due to poor medical provisions, infectious diseases are rife in North Korea.

    According to the World Health Organization, the number of deaths from tuberculosis in the North is similar to Africa's, at 42 deaths per 100,000 population as of 2015. More than 7,000 North Koreans contract malaria annually. 

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