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Japan's COVID test bureaucracy leaves returning citizens stranded

Stringent formats for proof of negative tests create extra burden

Passengers of a chartered ANA flight from Indonesia disembark at Narita Airport near Tokyo.   © Kyodo

ISTANBUL/JAKARTA -- "You cannot board the plane with this certificate," the airline personnel told her. A Japanese woman who got married in Turkey was stunned to learn at a regional airport that she could not take a flight back to Japan. 

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