Japan ready to help Asia fight swine flu: minister

TOKYO, May 1, 2009 (AFP) - Japan is ready to provide medicine and know-how to the rest of Asia to help the region prevent the spread of swine flu, Finance Minister Kaoru Yosano said Friday.

Yosano said he would discuss possible anti-flu measures this weekend with his counterparts from Southeast Asia, China and South Korea when they gather in Bali on the sidelines of an annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank.

"There are fears of an outbreak of the flu in Asia, where we live," Yosano told reporters.

"It's not only a problem for our country," he said. "We have to consider our contribution to Asia, such as medical know-how, medicine and vaccines."

Japan's government Friday reported its first suspected case of swine flu, a 17-year-old high school student who returned last weekend from Canada.

Japan said it would send one million dollars' worth of masks and other medical supplies to Mexico to help the nation cope with the disease.

Source: AFP

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