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Japan plans to introduce “vaccine passports” to make it easier for people who have been inoculated against COVID-19 to travel, sources said Wednesday. The passports are expected to be in the form of a smartphone app, with travelers scanning a QR code at the airport upon departure or arrival.

But Tokyo’s data handling doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the plan. The capital said Tuesday that a glitch on its website for vaccination reservations left 270,000 people’s private info publicly accessible.

Meanwhile, the vaccination drive remains way behind the curve. In Asia alone, Japan trails China, India and South Korea and is only slightly ahead of lower-income nations like the Philippines. Bloomberg looked into the reasons for the lag.

A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot at a nursing care facility in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward on April 12. | POOL / VIA KYODO
A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot at a nursing care facility in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward on April 12. | POOL / VIA KYODO

The governors of Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures issued a call Wednesday urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel during the Golden Week holiday, which starts today.

But if we were cleared to take off, which prefecture would be the safest bet, with the most robust anti-corona measures? A Keio University has put together a ranking. Can you guess which sparsely populated place came out on top?

Yesterday’s (and last Wednesday’s) new COVID-19 cases by prefecture (100 or over): Osaka 1,260 (1,242), Tokyo 925 (843), Hyogo 600 (563), Fukuoka 440 (244), Aichi 323 (312), Kanagawa 257 (252), Saitama 224 (227), Hokkaido 219 (124), Chiba 144 (112), Kyoto 140 (128), Nara 104 (112). Source: NHK

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