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Japan will from the end of June wind down the issuance of special residence permits to those who are unable to go back home due to COVID-19 border restrictions imposed by their home countries, the Immigration Services Agency (ISA) said Tuesday.

When the COVID-19 situation escalated in 2020, many countries closed their borders, meaning foreign students, foreign technical interns and other non-Japanese planning to return home from Japan could no longer do so.

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