Katsunobu Kato the Chief Cabinet Secretary said, that the procedure is causing ‘great psychological pain’ to Japanese people living in China.
According to the minister, Japanese nationals grumbled about the tests at their embassy in China, and they have so far not received a response from Beijing.
It is unclear how many Japanese citizens in China have had the invasive tests, which are collected by inserting a swab up to five centimetres into the rectum and rotating them several times.
Based on reports, once the swab is removed, it is placed inside a container, with the entire process taking about 10 seconds. Some Chinese cities are using samples taken from the anus to detect potential Covid infections as China steps up screening to make sure no potential carrier is missed.
Japan has demanded that China should stop carrying out anal swabs for Covid-19. A viral video circulating online shows a doctor holding a visual demonstration of the invasive procedure Beijing reportedly began the unusual tests amid a mass testing drive after a schoolboy tested positive for the virus in January.
China’s foreign ministry denied last month that US diplomats in the country had been required to take anal swab tests after some reportedly complained about the procedure.
A US State Department official reportedly said the tests were given in error and China had said it would stop using the swabs for testing of American diplomats.
‘To my knowledge, China has never required US diplomatic staff stationed in China to conduct anal swab tests,’ Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.
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