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The estimated number of foreigners arriving in Japan in January was down 61.7% from a year earlier to 17,800 people, due to strict border controls introduced to prevent the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, government data showed Wednesday.

The year-on-year number fell for the fourth month in a row. Since Nov. 30, Japan has banned entry by nonresident foreigners in principle, with authorities still struggling to stem the spread of the highly transmissible variant.

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