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Japan immigration

Waiting list to enter Japan grows to 400,000 amid COVID curbs

Government weighs easing as international students protest prolonged entry ban

Narita Airport in November. A person at one of the "supervisory organizations" that accept technical interns says it will take half a year before everyone now waiting to enter Japan will be able to get in. 

TOKYO -- The waiting list to enter Japan continues to grow, with about 400,000 foreign nationals unable to enter as of Jan. 4 despite receiving prior approval for their status of residence, according to Japan's Immigration Services Agency (ISA).

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