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Japan suspends entry of all non- resident foreign nationals to curb

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaking at a news conference is seen on screens in Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 7, 2021. (Xinhua/Du Xiaoyi)

TOKYO (Xinhua) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday said the entry of all non-resident foreign nationals into the country will be suspended as part of a coordinated effort to curb the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The majority of entries were suspended in December, although travellers arriving on business and associated with some student programs from certain countries had been exempt from the tightening restrictions.

The essential shutdown of Japan’s borders to all non-resident foreign nationals will be kept in place until February 7, when a state of emergency declared in the Greater Tokyo and other areas in Japan will be lifted.

 

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