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Countermeasures against the coronavirus epidemic resulted in a blanket ban on the entry of foreign nationals into Japan, including Japan’s legal foreign residents, resulting in great personal distress to the many people affected. This paper examines how individual people, academic institutions, the business community, as well as Japanese society, were affected by the countermeasures, the government’s (lack of) explanations for the countermeasures, and the impact of these countermeasures on the government’s own declared goals of ‘Internationalization’ and ‘Coexistence with foreigners’. It also touches on the possible legal and long term consequences.
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