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I was shocked to read “Japan struggles to ditch its ‘vaccine backwater’ image” in the May 11 edition. Not so much that Japan has struggled with government-supported vaccination programs, of which I am aware, but because The Japan Times seems to equivocate the opinion of an ex-official with a fringe opinion to the vaccination recommendation of the World Health Organization.

Given the recent international measles epidemic due to a lack of vaccinations, it is clear that vaccinations are key to global health. Any student of medical science knows the evidence is irrefutable that the development of vaccines has saved hundreds of millions people worldwide from morbidity and mortality.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
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