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Photo Journal: Heading off the flu

(Mainichi/Ryoichi Mochizuki)

A Mouth of Truth replica near the entrance of Osaka University Hospital in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture, sprays alcohol disinfectant on a boy's hand on Oct. 30, 2018, following its installation before the flu season in a bid to keep the virus at bay. Approximately 90 centimeters in diameter, the sculpture is about half the size of the massive monument in Rome, Italy. The replica was designed by Osaka University's Graduate School of Economics professor Naohiro Matsumura "to lure people to automatically sanitize their hands." Hospital Director Tadashi Kimura expressed his hope that "the device will motivate people to sanitize their hands" to prevent diseases including influenza.

    (Japanese original by Kouki Matsumoto, Science & Environment News Department)

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