Japan is considering easing entry bans on people from four Asia-Pacific countries where coronavirus infections are now apparently under control.
The government may allow the entry of people on business from Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand as early as this month.
Officials cite the relatively stable coronavirus situation in these countries and Japan’s close economic ties with them.
If entry bans are eased, it will mark the first time since the government imposed them earlier this year.
The government is considering asking business travelers from the four countries to take a virus test before leaving for Japan.
Japan has denied entry of visitors from 111 countries and territories, including the United States, Brazil and Russia, and has been urging Japanese citizens not to visit these regions.