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Coronavirus

Southeast Asian delta wave drives Japan to reclaim expats

Panasonic and Toyota scale back in Indonesia amid world's worst outbreak

A temporary tent outside a hospital on the outskirts of Jakarta: Indonesia's surge in COVID-19 cases is rapidly filling up hospital beds.   © Reuters

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE -- As the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus tears through much of Southeast Asia, Japanese companies and authorities are moving to get Japanese nationals back home.

At noon on Friday local time, the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia stopped taking requests for seats on chartered flights to Japan for citizens living in the country, with nearly 2,000 people hoping to get on board. All Nippon Airways is set to begin flights Wednesday, followed by Japan Airlines on July 25.

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