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U.S. military personnel exempt from Japan’s entry ban in response to Omicron

  • November 30, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times
  • JMH Translation

Okinawa Times wrote that U.S. military personnel are exempt from the tightened border control measures for foreign travelers implemented by the GOJ to prevent the infiltration of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 because they are exempt from Japan’s domestic laws under the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement. The paper wrote that according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, although U.S. service members are exempt from Japan’s domestic laws, the U.S. military imposes measures consistent with GOJ steps, such as movement restrictions and a ban on the use of public transportation for 14 days after arrival in Japan.

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