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Japan to halt business travel deal with China and South Korea

Measure for 11 countries and regions expected to last during state of emergency

The Japanese government is considering when to suspend business travel arrangements with 11 countries and regions as it tries to halt the spread of a variant of COVID-19. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government has begun considering suspending new entries of foreign nationals under business travel agreements with 11 countries and regions, including China and South Korea, in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

The suspension will be in place at least during Japan's state of emergency, which will start as early as Thursday and is expected to last for about a month.

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