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Coronavirus

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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