Informed sources revealed today, Saturday, that athletes who are banned from entering Japan under the travel restrictions imposed to confront the emerging Coronavirus (COVID-19) may be allowed to enter after the current state of emergency is lifted.
And the Japanese (Kyodo) News Agency affirmed that the state of emergency aimed at containing the spread of the virus will be lifted on March 7.
Japan had temporarily suspended the exemptions that allow foreign athletes to train in the country before the Tokyo Olympics, as it closed its borders to contain an increase in cases of COVID-19, and the Japanese government currently prohibits entry to all non-resident foreigners in principle, but it can allow some exceptions for humanitarian or for other reasons.
On the other hand, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday, that the state of the global economy requires caution due to the uncertainties surrounding the Coronavirus vaccines and their new strains across the world.
Aso revealed that Japan’s economy is showing signs of recovery in light of the low infection rates.
Speaking to reporters after attending a hypothetical meeting of financial officials of the G20 countries, Aso urged major economies to stand together in their support for low-income countries in light of widening disparities in terms of economic growth and vaccination.
“In order to support low-income countries, Japan will support a new allocation for special drawing rights,” he said, referring to the currency of the International Monetary Fund )IMF).
Japan is suffering from an increase in the number of people infected with the infection, which has forced the government to tighten restrictions at the border and expand the state of emergency to cover more than half of the population, and the suspension of exceptions for athletes follows a similar decision on business travelers this week.