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Japan's closed borders stall business plans for Bosch and Siemens

Corporate leaders warn restrictions could chase away foreign talent

A nearly deserted international arrival lobby at Japan's Narita International Airport. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

FRANKFURT/LONDON -- Japan's de-facto ban on foreign arrivals amid the surge of the omicron variant has disrupted the plans of foreign companies such as Bosch and Siemens, derailing product development and investment.

Bosch, the world's largest auto parts maker, said 31 non-Japanese employees assigned to work in Japan, along with 37 of their family members, had been unable to enter the country. They include the president of a group company, who has had to manage it remotely from Germany.

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