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Japan immigration

Japan pressed to ease travel curbs on foreign residents

International business groups say rules are discriminatory and harm business

A traveler at Tokyo's Haneda airport. International business groups want Japan to make it easier for foreign residents to return to the country. (Hirofumi Yamamoto) 

TOKYO -- International business groups are stepping up calls for Japan to reopen its borders to its foreign residents, saying the country is jeopardizing its reputation for business stability with tough travel bans imposed in the wake of the new coronavirus.

Japan has all but barred permanent and long-term foreign residents from traveling to the country while allowing its nationals to re-enter with necessary testing and quarantine. The difference in treatment is exasperating many in Japan's large international community.

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