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China, S Korea consult Japan on easing business-travel curbs: report

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China and South Korea have consulted Japan about easing border controls on business travelers to help revive business activities, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday without citing sources.

The idea, already implemented between South Korea and China, would allow a fast-track entry of business people if they test negative for the new coronavirus before departure and after arrival, the newspaper said.

But Tokyo is cautious about relaxing border controls at this point due to fears of another spike in infections, as well as a lack of test kits for travelers, according to the report.

Japan's Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday lifted his state of emergency for 39 of Japan's 47 prefectures, easing curbs on 54% of the population. The greater Tokyo area, accounting for one-third of the nation's economy, and other major cities remain under restrictions.

Japan has reported some 16,300 cases of the coronavirus, not counting infections on a cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama port early this year, and 748 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to public broadcaster NHK.

While Japan has avoided the kind of explosive outbreaks seen in the United States and elsewhere, its testing has also been among the lowest.

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But Tokyo is cautious about relaxing border controls at this point due to fears of another spike in infections,

I think they are more concerned over having to test business travelers on arrival. Not the reopening of the border. Especially since they are already considering the move

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Please do us all a favor and ban all business travelers from mainland China.

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Monty: 'Please do us all a favor and ban all business travelers from mainland China.'

Surely you mean the U.K., Spain and Italy??????

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Looks like the lover's quarrels are on hold now as they all realize that business is critical on all sides.

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China invaded Senkaku area a few days ago, and SK is passing a bill that criminalize anything pro-Japan.  Besides, half of infected people in Japan are said to be foreigners, mostly from China and SK.  No thank you.

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Mr. Abe needs to stand more firm to China and S. Korea. Don't be soft anymore letting China and S. Korea pushing Japan around like you have always been. You need to do things for "JAPAN FIRST" like US, otherwise S. Korea will surpass Japan economically.

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