The government is considering reducing the quarantine time for vaccinated foreign nationals that arrive in Japan for short business trips, study abroad and technical training to three days from the current 10, the Nikkei daily reported late Monday.

The shorter quarantine requirement will also apply to Japanese citizens returning from business trips abroad. The major policy shift is expected to boost economic exchanges with other countries.

New entries to Japan have been banned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing, for instance, foreign exchange students and technical interns to remain in limbo in their home countries, not knowing when they will be able to come to Japan.