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Japan and Vietnam agree to accelerate business reopenings

Yoshihide Suga becomes first leader from major economy to visit post-COVID Hanoi

Yoshihide Suga and Nguyen Xuan Phuc address reporters after agreeing to expand their border reopenings for business travelers.   © Pool photo/Kyodo

HANOI -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, visiting Vietnam for the first time since becoming prime minister in September, held talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday, agreeing to accelerate the reopening of borders for business travelers as the nations put the COVID crisis behind them.

In July, Vietnam and Japan reached an agreement to resume business travel for the other's expatriates and long-term residents in each country. On Monday the leaders agreed to include short-term business travelers and to resume two-way passenger flights.

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