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Japan lodges protest to China over visa suspension

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Japan lodges protest to China over visa suspension

TOURISM. Visitors take selfie photos at Nakamise Street leading to Senso-ji temple at Asakusa district, a popular sightseeing spot in Tokyo, Japan, June 10, 2022.

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno says, 'It is regrettable that China unilaterally has taken visa suspension action for reasons other than steps for the coronavirus'

TOKYO, Japan – Japan lodged a protest to China over the suspension of visas for Japanese citizens and asked that it overturn the action, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Wednesday, January 11.

“It is regrettable that China unilaterally has taken visa suspension action for reasons other than steps for the coronavirus,” Matsuno told a regular press conference.

China’s move came after Japan toughened COVID-19 border control rules for travelers coming directly from China, including a requirement for a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours before departure.

Asked about Japan’s border controls going forward, Matsuno said the government would respond appropriately based on China’s coronavirus situation and its information disclosure. – Rappler.com

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