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Japan to let in 250 business travelers a day under close watch

Government seeks to minimize risk through testing and contact tracing

Japan plans to closely monitor business travelers from select countries with low coronavirus infection rates. 

TOKYO -- Japan will as early as this summer allow up to 250 business travelers a day into the country from nations with low coronavirus infection rates, while urging visitors to use a smartphone app to facilitate contact tracing.

The government envisions accepting about 80 travelers from Vietnam, 60 from Thailand, 50 from Australia and 10 from New Zealand, plus 50 Japanese nationals returning from these countries, with the overall cap to be raised as testing capacity expands. Total visitors from the four nations averaged nearly 6,000 per day in 2018, with Thailand accounting for more than half.

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