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Japan Declared Free Of Equine Influenza
Following news earlier this month that there will be no Japanese representation in this year's Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) in November due to ongoing risk-importation assessment by bio-security officials, according to thoroughbrednews.com, the Japan Racing Association has announced that the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Government of Japan has reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that Japan is now declared equine influenza-free. This is due to there being no new outbreak of EI in Japan "for one complete year". The report states that Dr. Koji Sato, JRA Presidential Counselor for Foreign Affairs said, "We are very happy to see Japanese government has officially declared us free of equine influenza stage. We have taken cautious steps to monitor thoroughbreds both in training and in breeding. We hope this declaration will help reinstate remaining suspended quarantine protocols and promote further international movement of horses."