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Opinion

Japan must consider easing its COVID-19 travel ban

It is a necessary inconvenience for now but is hurting its economy and reputation

| Japan
An empty terminal of Tokyo International Airport, pictured on Apr. 29: it is too costly to close up.   © Reuters

Dr. Nancy Snow is Pax Mundi (World Peace) Professor of Public Diplomacy at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.

As the July heat rises in Japan, so too will international impatience heat up over Japan's shuttered national border. From the outside looking in, there seems to be no rational plan in place to ease the travel ban.

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