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Japan immigration

Japan aims to bring in 100,000 foreign students by end of May

Government will work with airlines to use open seats on weekday flights

Japan is gradually reopening to foreign students as coronavirus-related curbs are eased. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- Japan looks to accept roughly 100,000 international students waiting to enter the country by the end of May, taking advantage of open seats on commercial flights to speed the process.

About 152,000 holders of student visas were waiting to enter Japan as of Jan. 4, the Immigration Services Agency said. The plan is to bring in around 100,000 of these who seek to come as soon as possible under a simplified screening process.

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