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The number of visas issued by Japan in 2020 dropped around 87% from a year earlier, the sharpest decline since comparable records were made available in 1999, due to pandemic-induced travel restrictions, the Foreign Ministry said.

A ministry official said Japan's entry ban, toughened quarantine and testing requirements before, upon and after landing, as well as recurring waves of infections, had prevented or discouraged foreign visitors from coming to the country.

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