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Japan should lift entry cap, declare COVID-19 endemic: Keidanren

'We must not lose fans of Japan' with border curbs, business lobby chair warns

Travelers walk in the international arrivals lobby at Narita Airport near Tokyo on March 1. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- Japan should end coronavirus border restrictions and approach COVID-19 as an endemic disease now that vaccines and treatments are available, the country's top business lobby proposed Monday.

"We would like the government to declare [the coronavirus as] endemic as soon as possible," the Japan Business Federation, known as Keidanren, said in a statement.

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