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Japan places Brunei atop its business travel agenda (2020)

BY James Kon

The Japanese government plans to begin talks with several countries including Brunei Darussalam about restarting business travel.

Talks could begin this month, according to a news report from Japan.

The report stated Japanese officials, who expect flights to resume in the fall, believe that Taiwan and Brunei Darussalam carry low coronavirus risks as they largely succeeded in halting the spread of COVID-19.

Tokyo has already begun similar talks with Vietnam, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia. Japan also plans to reopen business travel with Myanmar where the number of infected people totals about 300. The country’s population is over 50 million.

The Japanese Government is also considering Singapore and Malaysia, where the percentage of infections is higher than in Japan but where medical care standards are high and the virus’ spread has slowed down.

However, Japan does not have plans yet to reopen business travel with China and South Korea due to its limited capacity to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. These tests would have to be carried out on passengers leaving and entering Japan.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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