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Foreign companies in Japan crank up pressure for border reopening

Executives and educators warn of lost opportunities due to COVID policy

Foreign companies in Japan have repeatedly urged the government to reconsider its tight border restrictions. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO -- Japan's foreign business community on Wednesday amplified calls for the government to reopen the border to students, business travelers and new entrants.

Representatives speaking at a news conference held by the European Business Council in Japan asked the Japanese public to consider the reputational costs of staying closed, including the loss of foreign investment and students who could supplement the country's shrinking workforce.

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