Japan to cap daily overseas arrivals at 2,000

NHK -- Mar 12
Japan's government plans to cap the number of people entering the country at 2,000 a day for the time being. Officials hope the measure will help prevent the spread of coronavirus variants.

Transport Minister Akaba Kazuyoshi unveiled the plan on Friday.

He said the government plans to control the number of people coming to Japan, so it can properly implement quarantine measures.

Akaba said his ministry has asked airlines to cooperate.

The country's two biggest carriers have responded to the request. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines will both limit the number of passengers entering Japan on their planes at 3,400 a week.