Japan Imposes Entry Restrictions on China, South Korea

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Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)--Japan imposed entry restrictions on travelers from China and South Korea, including Japanese citizens, at midnight on Sunday (3 p.m. GMT) in the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus.

China shows understanding of the Japanese measures. South Korea, however, has reacted harshly, describing them as unfriendly and unscientific.

South Korea took countermeasures including suspending visa waivers for Japan, with relations between the two countries already strained due to history and other issues.

Japan hopes to gain understanding from South Korea by explaining that the restrictions are temporary and will be in place only until the end of March, officials said.

Under the Japanese measures, all travelers from China and South Korea, including Hong Kong and Macau, are being asked to stay in their homes or hotels for 14 days after arriving in Japan and not to use public transportation.

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