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Japan's ruling party pushes for entry ban through Lunar New Year

LDP members seek extension to ease public concerns on coronavirus

An airline employee scans the temperature of a passenger at Kansai International Airport near Osaka. Japan is halting all international arrivals, including for business, amid a third wave of COVID-19.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday praised Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's decision to restrict all foreign nonresidents from entering Japan to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with many urging the government to extend this ban through the Lunar New Year holidays.

Suga said Wednesday that Japan would halt business travel with 11 countries and regions including China and South Korea, which were exempt from a blanket ban on new foreign arrivals through January.

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