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Myanmar Crisis

Japan to let Myanmar students and interns stay after visas expire

Immigration agency also offers reprieve for refugees as coup turmoil deepens

Demonstrators in Tokyo march to protest the military coup in Myanmar.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will let Myanmar citizens remain in the country legally even after their visas expire, in response to deteriorating political conditions in the Southeast Asian nation following the February coup.

The exemption applies to students and technical interns who could face trouble returning home. They can choose to study or work in Japan for another six or 12 months, under plans outlined Wednesday by the Immigration Services Agency to lawmakers.

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