# Japan

This handout illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the National Institutes of Health shows a transmission electron microscopic image that shows SARS-CoV-2óalso known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the US, emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. - President Donald Trump has played down fears of a major coronavirus outbreak in the United States, even as infections ricochet around the world, prompting a ban on pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. China is no longer the only breeding ground for the deadly virus as countries fret over possible contagion coming from other hotbeds of infection, including Iran, South Korea and Italy. There are now more daily cases being recorded outside China than inside the country, where the virus first emerged in December, according to the World Health Organization. (Photo by Handout / National Institutes of Health / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH/NIAID-RML/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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New virus mutation raises vaccine questions

The British coronavirus variant has increased transmissibility, but other mutations are provoking concern among scientists who are scrambling to work out if they will still respond to vaccines.
A student from Mount Saint Mary's College holds a plastic bag of glass eels caught in the Quassaick Creek in Newburgh, New York on May 1, 2013 as part of a project by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to monitor eel populations. Photo: Stan Honda / AFP
A student from Mount Saint Mary's Colleg […]

Eel trafficking in the EU, the world’s ‘biggest wildlife crime’

Billions of euros worth of critically endangered eels are trafficked each year from Europe, ending up in China and Japan in what is "the largest wildlife crime on Earth," campaigners say.
ARCHIVE - 20.08.2014, Schleswig-Holstein, Neumünster: Numerous fiber optic cables, among others for the transmission of high-speed Internet, converge at a distribution point. (to dpa "parking sensors and midwifery chat: Darmstadt is Digital City" from 06/17/2018) Photo: Daniel Reinhardt / dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
ARCHIVE - 20.08.2014, Schleswig-Holstein […]

EU, Japan move closer on data protection deal

An agreement between the EU and Japan should ensure smooth data traffic. If it comes into force, the "world's largest safe traffic space" would be created.