Japan recorded 474 cases of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (TSS) between the start of the year and March 13. This is more than half of all cases of SCTS recorded in Japan in 2023 (941) Most infections caused by GAS are mild, such as angina and impetigo.

But SCTs, which releases toxins that can cause the body's organs to fail, is fatal in one in three cases. North Korea informed Japan on Thursday that it could not host on its soil a qualifying match between their two teams for the 2026 World Cup.