By Yash Yadav
A great relief for students planning to visit Japan, as the Japanese government will allow a limited number of international students to return to the country, as per government sources on January 14.
Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida earlier said that Japan plans to maintain its strict border restrictions, restrict almost all entries from foreign nations in order to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant.
In a conference on January 14 chief cabinet secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno quoted saying:
“We’ll consider the matter based on the fact that there are students who are close to graduating or advancing to the next class.”
According to reports, 87 government-sponsored international students would be authorised to visit Japan. These kids have less than a year until they graduate or complete their studies, and the government has chosen to let them in so that they can complete their education, according to Matsuno.
Matsuno said this exception came from “considering public interest and the urgency of the matter.”
Due to the restrictions earlier a large number of international students have already stepped down from studying in the country, sparking concern from many parties.
The Japanese government’s rules are “affecting foreign students and businesses that employ foreign workers,” air transport ANA Holdings, President Shinya Katanozaka said last week. He said in a statement following an extreme reduction in international flights, “I hope the government will balance both effective infection controls and social-economic activities from a scientific viewpoint”.
The students sponsored by the government who are allowed in the country will have to be quarantined for 10 days at hotels prepared by their schools.