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Indonesia's COVID surge spurs Japanese expat exodus

Nearly 200 passengers arrive in Tokyo as demand for flights home soars

Japanese nationals check in for the special chartered flight Wednesday at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport serving Jakarta.   © Kyodo

JAKARTA -- Japanese companies have accelerated efforts to help expatriates leave Indonesia amid a surge in coronavirus cases driven by the delta variant, with Tokyo supporting chartered flights home by easing entry restrictions.

A chartered All Nippon Airways flight landed at Tokyo's Narita Airport on Wednesday, carrying 192 returnees who are required to spend more than a week in quarantine at a hotel. The flight was the first under a program launched by the airline to bring back expats working in Indonesia for Japanese companies along with their families.

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