Étiqueté : Mainichi shimbun


[Japon] Validity of Japan’s border measures against foreigners in question as families separated

TOKYO — Following the emergence of the coronavirus’s omicron variant, Japan has enforced border control measures which in principle ban new entries by foreign nationals. Now, people separated from their families are calling on the government to attend to cases on humanitarian grounds while also taking thorough safety measures to prevent infection.


[Japon] What Olympic ‘bubble’? Entry loopholes result in contact between athletes, fans

NARITA, Chiba — As foreign Olympic delegations arrive in Japan one after another ahead of the games’ opening on July 23, a “bubble system” to separate them from outside parties to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is showing its own limits, with some athletes coming close to general travelers at an airport and fans asking for autographs from delegates.


[Japon] ‘Forced quarantine’ at Japan’s border: a returnee’s experience coming home

Japan’s border controls to head off the coronavirus spread have been labelled “too lax” by some online. In this first in a three-part series, a Mainichi Shimbun reporter describes his experience returning to Japan in March with his wife and 2-year-old son from Switzerland, a country designated as one where new virus strains are reportedly spreading.


[Japon] Experts in Japan warn against views of virus having weakened amid pandemic

TOKYO — As the recent ratio of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms has dropped compared to the first wave of infections between March and May, some media and internet users have suggested that the virus is weakening. But experts in Japan say that there is scant evidence of this, and are warning people not to let their guard down.

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