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Japan reopens borders but hefty paperwork impedes entry

Sponsoring businesses need 6 forms approved by authorities

People who enter Japan must have sponsoring businesses submit six forms, which need to be approved by relevant government agencies.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has finally lifted its pandemic-era travel ban, much to the relief of the roughly 370,000 foreigners waiting to move here. But an unusually cumbersome application process means their wait will not end anytime soon.

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