South Korea’s Foreign Ministry expressed “strong regret” today over travel restrictions Japan imposed yesterday.
South Korea says it made repeated requests for Japan to review the situation before taking action, and had hoped Tokyo would have “sufficiently” consulted Seoul before making the decision.
South Korea raised the idea that an ulterior motive was behind Japan’s decision as it says its efforts to contain the coronavirus have been recognized by the international community.
South Korea’s National Security Council also held a meeting Friday to consider taking corresponding measures against Japan and called into question Japan’s efforts to contain the virus, saying Tokyo had taken “unclear and passive measures.”
Under the new travel restrictions, travelers from South Korea and China will be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival in Japan.
Incoming arrivals from those two countries will be asked to stay in designated places and to refrain from using public transportation.