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Japanese airlines stop requiring masks on board from March 13

New policy applies to passengers and employees, also in airports

Japanese airlines will no longer require passengers and employees to wear masks on flights or in airports from March 13.

TOKYO -- Japanese airlines will no longer require passengers to wear face masks on flights, starting March 13.

The Airline Association of Japan, which has 19 members including ANA and JAL, announced Tuesday that it will leave it up to individual passengers whether to wear masks on board planes and at airports. The decision follows the government's downgrading of COVID-19 under the Infectious Disease Control Law. The policy will also apply to passengers and airline employees.

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