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GOJ to lift requirement for visitors to undergo COVID-19 testing on Oct. 11 

Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ announced on Monday that Japan will lift its requirement for visitors to undergo COVID-19 testing upon arrival in principle starting on Oct. 11. Travelers from some 70 nations are currently required to undergo testing upon entry if they have not received COVID-19 boosters. The paper said that since the number of tourists is expected to….Read more

  • September 27, 2022
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International flights to resume at all airports

Fuji TV reported at noon that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno told the press this morning that in addition to the GOJ’s lifting of the daily cap on arrivals from Oct. 11, all airports in the country will resume accepting international flights as soon as preparations are made. Matsuno reportedly said: “We will further ease our border control measures so that….Read more

  • September 26, 2022
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Japan’s reopening poised to deliver vital GDP boost

By AZUSA KAWAKAMI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan’s decision to loosen border controls is expected to buoy an economy facing headwinds, as inbound tourism recovers with the aid of a weak yen.   Starting Oct. 11, Japan will open its doors to individual tourists and resume visa-free entry for short-term travelers, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday in New York.….Read more

  • September 24, 2022
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Japan to ease coronavirus border controls next month 

All national dailies highlighted a press conference by Prime Minister Kishida in New York on Thursday at which he said the GOJ will remove the existing cap on the number of daily arrivals, allow individual tourists to enter the country, and waive the short-term visa requirement starting on Oct. 11 in a bid to attract more international tourists by capitalizing on….Read more

  • September 23, 2022
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Kishida refers to further easing of COVID-19 border controls next month

NHK took up Prime Minister Kishida’s attendance at a reception to introduce Japanese food culture held in New York on Wednesday at which he remarked that the GOJ is inclined to further ease COVID-19 restrictions at ports of entry beginning in October so that more foreigners can visit Japan freely to “try Japanese food.” The network projected that the GOJ….Read more

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Trade Minister Nishimura tests positive for COVID-19 

Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Asahi wrote that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced on Wednesday that Minister Nishimura tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday morning and that he will rest at home and work remotely if necessary. The paper noted that Nishimura returned to Japan on Monday from a weeklong trip to Germany and Cambodia to attend a G7….Read more

  • September 22, 2022
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Japan begins administering Omicron-specific vaccines

All national dailies wrote that Japan began administering vaccines against the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Tuesday to people aged 60 and older and medical workers yet to receive their fourth shots. The rollout will be expanded from around mid-October to those aged 12 and above and those who have received at least two doses of vaccine. The government also….Read more

  • September 21, 2022
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Japan to eliminate most COVID-19 border controls

Nikkei claimed that the GOJ is set to end most border controls aimed at preventing the infiltration of the novel coronavirus probably beginning in October. However, the presentation of a vaccine certificate upon entry would continue to be mandatory, according to the paper. The existing 50,000 cap on the number of daily arrivals would be abolished while visits by individual….Read more

  • September 15, 2022
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Moderna mulls building plant in Japan

Yomiuri and Asahi wrote that during a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, visiting Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said the company is considering building in Japan a facility to produce mRNA-derived vaccine products. “We would like to help prevent infections by manufacturing vaccines for Japanese at a plant in Japan,” he was quoted as saying. The U.S. pharmaceutical company is….Read more

  • September 15, 2022
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