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Demonstrations have been held in several countries against Japan’s strict border restrictions on non-resident foreigners put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with people urging the Japanese government to reconsider measures they called unscientific.

The protests started by “Stop Japan’s Ban”, a group launched on Twitter, began on Tuesday, when exchange students and businessmen who were banned from entering the country gathered in various places, such as in front of Japanese embassies in a series from countries including Mongolia, Poland. , India and Malaysia.

The move came amid a coronavirus entry ban that has been in place since November 30, with Japan confirming its first case of the Omicron variant on the same day. This month, the entry ban was further extended until the end of February.

More protests are being prepared this month in countries including Germany, Austria, Spain and Argentina, as well as in Tokyo outside the Japanese prime minister’s office in February, according to organizers.

Protesters claim that most exchange students have received booster vaccinations against COVID-19 and would adhere to necessary anti-virus measures when in Japan, and urged Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s administration to clearly tell them when will allow the entry of all foreigners again.

Some protesters have also uploaded photos of banners indicating how many days they have been stuck in limbo.

Jade Barry, one of the organizers, had planned to arrive in Japan in January this year to open a variety store and had completed PCR tests and vaccinations, but the plans fell through due to stricter border controls.

Barry in Illinois said limiting admissions to a small fraction of exchange students was narrow-minded and had no scientific basis.

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