The rapid spread of new and more contagious coronavirus variants across Japan, including in the Tokyo metropolitan area, is renewing fears that a further rise could push the medical system in the capital to the brink of collapse.
When lawmaker Yoko Kamikawa joined the Cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in September as justice minister, replacing her fellow Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Masako Mori, she took up the challenge of restoring public trust in the justice system.
Starting in November, Japan will conditionally exempt business travelers and returnees from the 14-day quarantine policy, which was imposed on all arrivals from overseas to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, government officials announced Friday.
Preventing foreign residents from returning to Japan risks fueling prejudices and shattering trust in government
An American woman faces a choice: stay with her family in Japan or return to her home country indefinitely to be with her father after the sudden death of her mother. A Sri Lankan man and new father is forced to navigate the coronavirus pandemic without a job after being denied re-entry following a trip to his home country to care for his newborn baby.
Speculation is growing that Japan will soon reopen its borders to non-Japanese residents, allowing those who have left the country during the pandemic to return regardless of the purpose of their trip abroad.
The government has begun accepting applications from foreign nationals seeking entry and re-entry to Japan, allowing some workers and international students to come back into the country starting next week, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
Speculation is ripe that Tokyo will soon ease a much-criticized ban on allowing re-entry of long-term foreign workers in Japan who are stranded abroad under the nation’s strict entry ban imposed following the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Immigration authorities have resumed processing of visa applications, in a move expected to speed up entry clearance for foreign nationals with applications stuck in pending. But the change will only benefit a limited number of visa applicants, as the nation’s strict travel restrictions continue to keep foreign nationals waiting.
What are the odds COVID-19 patients with no symptoms could develop them later on?
Quite slim, according to a recent study led by a group of researchers in Aichi Prefecture, who have discovered that asymptomatic coronavirus patients tend to recover within nine days of having their infections confirmed via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.
Japan is the only Group of Seven member denying entry to long-term and permanent residents
David Kvien, a 29-year-old Danish 3D artist from Tokyo, left Japan for Copenhagen on March 20 to attend to funeral arrangements for his father, who had passed away from a heart attack just a day before.