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Japan plans to set up virus testing center for travelers: Abe

Talks start with Thailand, Vietnam, Australia to resume business trips

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at the close of the Diet session in Tokyo on June 18. (Photo by Uichioro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday the government was considering setting up a new coronavirus testing facility dedicated to overseas travelers, as he stressed the need to reopen borders to business and trade.

"The present state of 'isolation' has an enormous impact at a time of globalization, especially on a country like Japan that depends on international trade," said Abe at a news conference held at the end of the Diet session. "We have decided to open borders first to business travelers from countries that have contained the virus."

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