Saturday’s Yomiuri reported that according to multiple government sources, the GOJ has decided to extend the current border control measures implemented in response to the new Omicron variant that were scheduled to end on Dec. 31. The measures include a ban on new foreign entrants from all nations and regions. The daily said the GOJ has concluded that the existing border control measures cannot be eased now since the details of the Omicron variant remain unknown from an epidemiological perspective.
All national dailies wrote on Sunday that Prime Minister Kishida told reporters on Saturday that the border control measures will continue at least until early 2022. He reportedly said: “I think we should assess the situation during the year-end and New Year period and then think about the future.”