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Japan immigration

Over 370,000 foreigners waiting to enter Japan due to COVID curbs

Government still cautious on opening borders despite labor shortage concerns

A Vietnamese worker inspects components at an auto parts factory in Japan. (File photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- There are more than 370,000 foreign nationals who cannot enter Japan despite having precertification for residence status as of Oct. 1 due to border controls aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, Nikkei has learned.

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