Japan is increasing the number of new arrivals from abroad, but is seeing an increase in infections


Matsuno Hirokazu, the chief secretary of the cabinet, said that from April 10, the daily limit for new arrivals on Japanese soil will increase from 7,000 to 10,000.

This decision concerns in particular foreigners on short-term business trips, students and technical trainees. Tourists will still be banned from entering the territory.

Japan closed its borders to all newcomers of foreign nationals at the end of last November due to the rapid spread of the Omicron version around the world.

However, if the restrictions are gradually relaxed from 1is in March, the country is experiencing a resurgence in the number of infections, as sub-version BA.2 of Omicron replaces BA.1.

(See our article: Border restrictions are finally made easier for foreigners: why is Japan so strict?)

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[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

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