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Businesses in Japan call for border reopening as COVID curbs ease

Entry ban on nonresidents remains, hitting companies and students

Tokyo's Haneda International Airport: Japan has imposed strict entry restrictions on foreign nationals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Businesses and universities in Japan are renewing calls for foreign workers and students to be allowed into the country as the government prepares to lift other coronavirus-related restrictions.

States of emergency that have been in effect in Tokyo and other prefectures since April end on Thursday while the government prepares to shorten the mandatory quarantine period for citizens and resident foreign nationals returning to Japan.

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