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Suga keen to reopen border to business travelers to rebuild economy

  • October 9, 2020
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Asahi highlighted GOJ moves to drastically ease the ongoing restrictions on the entry of business travelers from overseas starting in November. The paper speculated that Prime Minister Suga is extremely keen to remove the regulations quickly based on the assessment that hosting more foreign business executives is critical to jumpstarting the Japanese economy, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The premier reportedly took issue with data compiled by the Justice Ministry showing that only about 500 people traveled to Japan on business per day in August even though the nation’s border was reopened to such visitors from ten Asian nations in early August. The GOJ is reportedly set to remove the present restrictions on business travelers from China, South Korea, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, and seven other Asian nations next month. Such visitors will not be required to undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival although they will still be required to submit negative results of tests administered ahead of their departure. Other dailies ran similar stories.

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