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Japan's tough entry restrictions stand out as WHO urges easing

Business community criticizes the measures as 'national isolation' policy

The Osaka area's Kansai International Airport looks deserted as Japan maintains a de facto ban on foreign travelers. (Photo by Rie Ishii) 

TOKYO -- Japan has maintained tight entry restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus, making it an outlier as other countries ease their measures along with progress in vaccination and treatment for COVID-19.

A panel of experts under the World Health Organization urged nations to relax or abolish coronavirus-related travel restrictions, arguing that they create economic and social burdens without bringing the intended results. 

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