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The number of international passengers using three major airports in Japan during the New Year’s holidays tanked about 97% from a year earlier, immigration authorities said Friday, amid strict border controls due to the pandemic.

The preliminary figure of those traveling through Narita Airport near Tokyo from Dec. 25 to Jan. 3 fell 96.5% to 36,570 from the same period a year earlier, the Tokyo regional bureau of the Immigration Services Agency said.

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