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Japan immigration

Over 370,000 foreigners waiting to enter Japan due to COVID curbs

Government still cautious on opening borders despite labor shortage concerns

A Vietnamese worker inspects components at an auto parts factory in Japan. (File photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- There are more than 370,000 foreign nationals who cannot enter Japan despite having precertification for residence status as of Oct. 1 due to border controls aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, Nikkei has learned.

About 70% of those who cannot come to Japan are technical intern trainees and international students. While many countries are taking steps to ease immigration restrictions and reopen their economies, Japan, in principle, remains shut to foreign entrants from all countries.

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