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Japan immigration

Japan cuts red tape to speed up foreign student entry

Critics say more needs to be done as waiting list grows

Yamato University in Suita, Japan. Schools may be able to fill classrooms with more students with the easing of entry bans starting in March. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO -- With Japan facing a long list of foreign students eager to start studying in the country, the government has agreed to simplify entry screenings after the easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions in March.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Thursday that Japan would ease the de facto entry ban that has kept foreign students and workers out for nearly two years. But students and host universities worry that the country's complex entry screening could further delay their arrival.

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