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Japan’s re-entry restrictions fuel distrust among foreign residents

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The novel coronavirus pandemic likely made many foreigners residing in Japan realize just how precarious their situation was.

With the spread of COVID-19 infections from spring, the government implemented the measure of, in principle, not allowing permanent and long-term foreign residents to re-enter if they left Japan.

It was difficult for foreigners whose residential base was Japan to leave the nation if they had no assurance of being allowed to return.

Many gave up on important tasks, such as visiting relatives who are ill back in their native land.

Others were kept separated from their family and jobs in Japan for extended periods because they simply had to leave.

While foreign residents were allowed to re-enter Japan from September, that came on the........

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