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Japan to tighten foreigner entry exemptions to curb omicron spread

Officials look to narrow who falls under 'public interest'

A notice about COVID-19 safety measures is pictured next to closed doors at a departure hall of Narita Airport near Tokyo on Tuesday.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will tighten the criteria under which some foreign nationals are exempted from entry restrictions, as part of the government's effort to limit the spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant, Nikkei has learned.

Officials are working to narrow the scope of the exemptions. The exemptions currently allow events such as concerts by foreign artists to take place.

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