Japan, Taiwan to Discuss Easing Entry, Travel Restrictions

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Tokyo, July 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan is preparing to start discussions with Taiwan as early as this month to ease entry and travel restrictions for business-related visits, government sources said Wednesday.

Japan is already in talks with Vietnam, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand on relaxing entry and travel restrictions. Taiwan is expected to be among the second group of economies for which Japan will ease border controls, aimed at curbing the COVID-19 epidemic.

There are also proposals to enter negotiations with China and South Korea, both of which have close economic ties with Japan. But the government is taking a cautious stance due to political issues and limitations to its coronavirus testing regime.

According to the government, 4.89 million people visited Japan from Taiwan in 2019, while 1.97 million people visited Taiwan from Japan in 2018. The two sides also exchange large amounts of trade, mainly in electronic parts.

In Taiwan, fewer than 500 coronavirus cases have been reported so far, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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