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Member of J-pop band Kanjani Eight tests positive for coronavirus

The Johnny & Associates headquarters is seen in Tokyo. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Tadayoshi Okura, a member of the popular J-pop boy band Kanjani Eight, has become infected with the novel coronavirus, his talent agency Johnny & Associates Inc. announced on its website on Sept. 24.

    According to the agency, the 35-year-old idol began feeling fatigue on the evening of Sept. 20, but waited to see if his condition would change. He developed a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius the next morning, and tested positive for the coronavirus on Sept 23 after taking a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

    Okura will recuperate until Sept. 30 -- roughly 10 days from when he started showing symptoms -- and his condition will be observed.

    Fellow band member Ryuhei Maruyama, 36, and a manager in charge had been in close contact with Okura. Though the two tested negative after taking a PCR test, they will apparently remain in quarantine for two weeks during which their conditions will also be observed. The other three band members have also tested negative, and will continue their activities, as they did not have close contact with Okura.

    (Japanese original by Hiroko Tanaka, Cultural News Department)

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