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Japan immigration

Japan finally lifts COVID-based reentry ban for foreign residents

International businesses call for further easing of conditions for returnees

A man walks through the nearly empty international departure terminal at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Foreign residents can now reenter the country after meeting certain conditions.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- After fierce criticism from abroad, Japan finally lifted the reentry ban for foreign residents on Tuesday, allowing those who left the country after coronavirus travel bans were imposed to return. Residents leaving Japan temporarily in the future will also be allowed reentry, subject to certain conditions.

The policy revision made Japan the last country in the Group of Seven to let foreign residents return amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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