Ease Borders, Japan Will Allow More Foreign Students and Workers

Suara.com – After briefly closing borders to prevent COVID-19 infections from abroad, Japan is slowly starting to relax the rules.

One of them, by allowing more students and foreign workers into the country of the Rising Sun in one day.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will increase the number of people who can enter Japan to 7,000 per day from 5,000.

Meanwhile, the students are not included in the daily count of people allowed into the country and are being considered in a separate category, according to media reports.

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The move would extend the easing of Japan’s strict border measures earlier this week that opened the door to more foreign students and workers.

The move to loosen the border was taken by the Japanese government amid criticism from business leaders and educators.

Kishida will announce the new containment measures, along with an extended quasi-coronavirus state of emergency, at a press conference at 07.00 p.m. local time.

Some 150,000 foreign students have been barred from entering Japan since 2020, along with workers desperately needed by the aging nation with a shrinking population.

The entry ban sparked warnings of a labor shortage and damaged Japan’s international reputation.

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