Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals

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Japan will suspend the entry of all nonresident foreign nationals into the country as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.

Just days earlier, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said during a TV interview that Japan would continue allowing the entry of business travelers from Taiwan and the 10 countries as long as new variants of the coronavirus, feared to be more infectious, were not detected within their populations.

Lawmakers within his Liberal Democratic Party had pushed for the exemption to be suspended, arguing it was contradictory to ask Japanese people to stay home under the state of emergency while allowing nonresident foreign nationals into the country.


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