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Universities in Japan welcome open borders but face long entry backlog

Pandemic ban forced thousands of students to abandon study abroad plans

International students take part in an online class at Japan's  International Christian University. (Photo courtesy of ICU)

TOKYO -- With Japan's borders reopening to international business travelers and students on Monday, schools like Osaka University moved quickly to regain lost ground as study abroad destinations during the coronavirus pandemic.

About 500 international students are waiting to begin their studies at the elite school, which is working with travel agencies to provide transport from the airport and make sure new arrivals have hotel rooms in which to quarantine.

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