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Japan immigration

Japan to lift entry bans on U.S., Europe while keeping visa limits

Curbs will be eased for 106 countries Friday, but tourists still shut out

People view cherry blossoms at Chidorigafuchi Park in Tokyo. Japan will ease restrictions on foreigners entering the country.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Japan said Wednesday it will scrap entry bans on 106 countries and regions, including the U.S., most of Europe and many Southeast Asian nations, marking the latest step in its relaxation of coronavirus-related entry controls.

The change will take effect Friday.

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