Japan is keeping tight border restrictions in place until at least end-February in an attempt to stem the spread of the Omicron variant, which has been causing a surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide. The country has put in place some of the world’s strictest border controls since November 2021. Non-Japanese are virtually banned from entering. At the same time, authorities have unveiled more measures to deal with the local infection surge, including accelerating a booster shot campaign and vaccinating children under the age of 12.
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