Saturday’s Asahi reported on Japan’s border controls against the infiltration of COVID-19, saying that starting on Friday, travelers from certain nations such as Argentina and Mexico are now being asked to self-quarantine at home for two weeks upon arrival irrespective of vaccination status. They were previously required to stay at designated facilities for 3 to 6 days and then self-quarantine at home for the rest of the two-week quarantine period. The regulations were eased to free up space in facilities for travelers from countries where the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly. The GOJ has reportedly asked the governors of Tokyo, Osaka, and other prefectures to secure more quarantine facilities for people arriving from countries experiencing a sharp increase in the number of patients infected with the new strain out of concern about a potential shortage of such facilities. According to the daily, as many as 5,000 people per day have been arriving in Japan from overseas recently.