Japan to soothe entry restrictions for foreign students

Government sources said on Saturday, Possibly within this month Japan has decided to give relieve to entry restrictions for foreign students, imposed to hold the corona virus.

According to the source, Japan also plans to fully lift the re-entry ban on foreign nationals who hold resident status as early as next month.

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Initially, The restrictions for foreign students will first be eased for those sponsored by the Japanese government and the relaxation is expected to be later expanded to self-supporting international students

For the time being and to make the situation normal initially,All foreigners will be required to take polymerase chain reaction tests and prove that they are not infected with the virus when entering Japan, the sources said, adding that they will also be requested to stay in self-isolation for two weeks to monitor their health.

Japan currently denies entry from 146 countries and regions. The denial of re-entry for those with resident status has drawn strong criticism particularly from the country’s expatriate community, as it effectively prevents them from traveling abroad and returning.

Besides foreign residents, who are allowed to re-enter Japan under certain conditions, the relaxation of the restrictions has so far only applied for those on business trips.

Including Thailand and Vietnam, The Japanese government has recently decided to accept business travelers from 16 countries.

On Saturday, about 1,000 additional cases of the corona virus were reported across the country, of which 256 were confirmed in Tokyo, surpassing 200 for the third straight day, 134 in Osaka Prefecture and 101 in Kanagawa Prefecture. The nationwide cumulative total now tops 62,500.

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