The Japanese government is moving to ease entry restrictions for Taiwan and some countries in Southeast Asia where coronavirus infections are largely contained.
The government is considering starting talks with Taiwan and countries including Singapore and Brunei as early as July, aiming to allow businesspeople to travel between Japan and them.
Japan has already begun discussions on the issue with four countries, including Vietnam and Thailand. Among them, Tokyo has agreed with Vietnam to ease travel restrictions.
The government is more cautious about easing restrictions for China and South Korea because if it does so, large numbers of people are expected to come to Japan.
The European Union has agreed to lift travel restrictions for people in Japan. But Tokyo plans to maintain its entry restrictions on the EU, saying the outbreak in the region has yet to be contained.