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Japan to permit re-entry of 88,000 foreign residents from Aug. 5

This file photo shows the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. (Mainichi/Shin Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on July 29 that foreign residents will be permitted to re-enter Japan from Aug. 5 if they had left the country prior to the enforcement of the entry ban amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

    According to the Japanese government, among around 100,000 people with valid residency statuses who are currently outside the country, some 88,000 individuals will be granted re-entry into Japan for the time being. These individuals will take necessary procedures at Japanese embassies and consulates in their respective countries, and after return to Japan, will be required to take polymerase chain reaction tests as well as stay in self-isolation for 14 days.

    The Japanese government currently refuses entry as a general rule to citizens from 146 countries and regions, including the United States, China, and South Korea. It is estimated that those applicable for re-entry include businessmen, researchers, technical interns, and foreign students, among other individuals who departed Japan before the entry ban was imposed.

    The United States and European countries have granted re-entry to foreigners with visas, and there had been requests made to Japan through diplomatic channels to permit re-entry into the country.

    (Japanese original by Ryuko Tadokoro, Political News Department)

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