Kenshiro Michishita of Sakura Lawyers. Almost everyone except Japanese citizens are barred from entry if they arrive from one of 100 countries, including the U.S. and most of Europe, regardless of their visa or residence status. This has caused problems for many foreign residents who were overseas when Japan declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus.© Bloomberg
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The line should be drawn between foreigners on short-stay visas and those who stay in Japan based on other statuses of residence. Those whose lives are based in Japan need to be able to return.
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