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Stay or go? Window closes for Japan Inc. to bring back expats

Coronavirus travel bans force companies to decide and calculate costs

A passenger at Kansai International Airport in Osaka.   © Reuters

TOKYO --  As Tokyo prepares to expand the number of countries under stricter travel rules due the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese companies are deciding what to do with the employees that they have dispatched abroad.

The Japanese government is expected to soon expand a ban on entry by foreign nationals arriving from such countries as the U.S. as well as for all of China and South Korea. Most of Europe is already under the ban, but the U.K. is expected to be newly included. The number of countries under the harsher rules will be around 40.

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