Japan to halt special entry for athletes over new virus variants
Kyodo -- Dec 30
The Japanese government has decided to suspend special entry conditions for athletes and team staff from countries and regions where new, potentially more infectious variants of the coronavirus have been found, sources with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday.

The policy, which will be in place until the end of January, could affect athletes and staff planning to attend competitions and training camps in preparation for the postponed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next summer.

The government has already notified the Japanese Olympic Committee and other bodies likely to be impacted by the changes, according to the sources.

The tougher conditions for athletes are in line with the suspension since Monday of new entries into Japan by nonresident foreign nationals arriving from most of the world.

Japanese athletes with special permission to attend practice and competitions immediately upon reentry must now undertake a full 14-day quarantine if arriving from the designated countries and regions including Belgium, Britain, France, Italy and South Africa.

政府が来年の東京オリンピック・パラリンピックの新型コロナ対策として、来日する外国人の行動を記録するアプリを開発していることが分かりました。  アプリはオリンピック開催前後に来日する外国人が対象で、選手も含まれる見込みです。すでに使われているCOCOAやLINEとは別の仕組みで、外国人が入国する際にアプリをスマホにインストールし、国内での行動について位置情報を蓄積することで後から行動をたどれるようにするということです。平井デジタル改革担当大臣はこのアプリについて「使ってもらわないと入国させないというところまでやらないと効果がない」として、インストールを義務化する必要があるとの考えを示しました。
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