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Japan to Ease COVID-19 Border Controls From Sept. 7
August 24, 2022

Japan to Ease COVID-19 Border Controls From Sept. 7

By Mari Yamaguchi
Japan, which has imposed some of the toughest border measures amid the pandemic, continues its gradual reopening even as case counts soar.

Japan’s Record-Breaking Summer COVID-19 Surge
July 28, 2022

Japan’s Record-Breaking Summer COVID-19 Surge

By Thisanka Siripala
The government has shifted its focus from prevention to priority treatment for the severely ill amid strains on the healthcare system.
Japan Eases COVID-19 Border Restrictions
March 15, 2022

Japan Eases COVID-19 Border Restrictions

By Thisanka Siripala
The limited reopening of borders is a welcomed relief, but the damage to Japan’s reputation could take years to repair.

Japan Relaxes COVID-19 Border Controls, But Only Slightly
March 01, 2022

Japan Relaxes COVID-19 Border Controls, But Only Slightly

By Mari Yamaguchi
The cautious easing of restrictions stirred both hope and worry for the roughly half-a-million foreigners locked out of Japan since early 2020.

Japan’s COVID-19 Surge Spreads at Alarming Speed
January 11, 2022

Japan’s COVID-19 Surge Spreads at Alarming Speed

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan is showing signs of a “sixth wave” of coronavirus infections as the highly contagious Omicron variant tears through the community. 

Japan’s New Pandemic Border Restrictions Disappoint Residents Stranded Abroad
November 25, 2021

Japan’s New Pandemic Border Restrictions Disappoint Residents Stranded Abroad

By Thisanka Siripala
Many foreign residents have had their hopes to enter Japan dashed as new border controls make little impact. 

Japan Prepares for Winter Wave of Infections
November 16, 2021

Japan Prepares for Winter Wave of Infections

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan's deadly summer peak, which brought the health care system to a standstill, has prompted a new coronavirus policy ahead of winter.  
The Challenges Ahead for Japan’s Kishida Government
November 08, 2021

The Challenges Ahead for Japan’s Kishida Government

By Rupakjyoti Borah
Kishida came to power at a fraught time for Japan, both at home and in its foreign relations.

Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Success Is an Opportunity for Global Leadership
August 31, 2021

Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Success Is an Opportunity for Global Leadership

By James Gannon and Kazuyo Kato
Tokyo is battling a surge in COVID-19 cases, but its initially slow vaccination campaign has surged ahead too. 

Japan to Limit Hospital Care as COVID-19 Cases Hit New High
August 04, 2021

Japan to Limit Hospital Care as COVID-19 Cases Hit New High

By Mari Yamaguchi
The home isolation policy is meant to ensure that hospital care is available for seriously ill patients.

Japan Welcomes Domestic Spectators for Tokyo Olympics Despite Warnings From Experts
June 23, 2021

Japan Welcomes Domestic Spectators for Tokyo Olympics Despite Warnings From Experts

By Thisanka Siripala
While restaurants and bars in Tokyo face COVID-19 restrictions, local fans will be allowed at Olympic venues, fanning fears of a coronavirus rebound.  
Japan Steps Up Its ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ in Southeast Asia
June 17, 2021

Japan Steps Up Its ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ in Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
A donation of 1 million jabs to Vietnam could be followed by shipments to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

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