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Japan immigration

Japan weighs slightly easing omicron entry ban for foreign students

Move would allow in only a few hundred scholarship holders

Japanese schools such as Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University typically host many students from other Asian countries. (Photo by Mitsunori Narabu)

TOKYO -- Japan is considering allowing in international students on a limited basis, Nikkei has learned, as the country continues its entry ban on foreigners amid a surge of omicron infections.

The main proposal relaxes the near-total ban on foreign arrivals, but only for government-sponsored students who cannot graduate or progress in their education without earning credits in Japan. This likely would apply to just a few hundred people.

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