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China reopens to Japanese students after long COVID break

Change comes ahead of anniversary of countries normalizing relations

Graduates line up at Tsinghua University in Beijing. China had shut its doors to Japanese international students since the pandemic began in 2020.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- The Chinese government will soon start accepting Japanese international students after a two-and-a-half year pause caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Chinese embassy in Japan has made visas for long-term overseas study in China available for applications as of Tuesday. Prospective students are expected to be allowed to sit in university classes after undergoing 10 days of isolation and health observation upon entry.

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