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Japan partial reopening prompts Asian airlines to add flights

Businesspeople and students expected to start coming again from Vietnam and Philippines

A Narita Airport arrival gate on Nov. 2. The Japanese government has re-opened the country's doors to business travelers and students. (Photo by Harue Matsushima)

TOKYO -- Asian airlines are increasing the number of their international flights to meet gradually recovering demand now that Japan has reopened its border to business travelers, students and migrant workers who come over as intern trainees.

After new infection numbers plummeted, the Japanese government in early November lifted its entry ban for these travelers. Although the country remains closed to tourists, airlines are gradually increasing the number of flights connecting cities elsewhere in Asia to Japan, where a severe labor crunch is developing as the population ages.

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