The head of an American business lobby group in Japan has urged the government to ensure equal treatment of its non-Japanese residents, who have been affected by the nation’s strict restrictions on re-entering the country as part of measures implemented to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Christopher LaFleur, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce (ACCJ), joined in calls for Japanese authorities to allow foreign nationals with established residency status and their immediate family to depart and enter the country on the same basis as Japanese nationals.

“What we are asking is that the rules governing travel out of and back to Japan by its residents are established on a consistent and equitable basis,” LaFleur told The Japan Times in an interview Thursday.