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54 Afghans allowed into Japan for humanitarian reasons

  • December 10, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:10 p.m.
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Tokyo, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese Foreign Ministry said Friday that 54 Afghan people, mainly local staff members of the Japanese Embassy in Kabul and the Japan International Cooperation Agency, have arrived in Japan via Qatar.

Although Japan currently bans new entries by foreigners as part of its border controls against the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, the ministry decided that the Afghans were exceptions to the rule due to humanitarian considerations, ministry officials said.

Since the tighter border controls came into force, they were the first group of arrivals who escaped Afghanistan, now under the control of the Taliban.

The 54 Afghans will undergo infection control measures, including polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests, and isolation for 14 days.

They took the number of Afghans who have taken shelter in Japan to 488.

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